Demon swimmers top Skiers, Bulldogs
Self-funded program opens season at home
The Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team began its first self-funded season off with a bang on Friday.
Inside their home pool at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, the Demons beat visiting Aspen, 108-59, and Moffat County, 100-64.
The first swim of the evening set the tone for the Demons.
Junior captains Hannah Grumley and Ashley Roper teamed with fellow junior Kierra Kalakewich and freshman Hannah Peterson to win the 200-yard medley relay and, in the process, qualify the relay for state.
Glenwood seniors Grace Gamba, Jenna Sobke and Savanna Pearson, along with sophomore Mackenzie Fuller, swam to a fifth-place finish.
Roper, a student at Coal Ridge, dominated the pool in the 200 freestyle, winning the event by 25 seconds. Pearson swam a mature race, keeping herself in the mix with a third-place finish.
In perhaps the most exciting race of the day, Grumley battled Moffat’s Eryn Leonard for the victory in the 200 individual medley. The lead went back and forth throughout swimming’s decathlon.
Grumley displayed grit in the last 50 yards, digging deeper than her opponent. The tri-captain touched in 2 minutes, 23.72 seconds, besting Leonard by seven-tenths of a second and qualifying for state. Junior Rebecca Carcaterra followed closely behind, scoring some big points for the team with a third-place swim.
Swimming’s drag race, the 50 free, was won by Kalakewich, a student from Vail Christian. Typically a close race, Kalakewich controlled the event from the start. Fuller and senior captain Danielle Turley pushed hard to round out the point positions, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Grumley-Leonard Part 2 took place in the 100 butterfly. Moffat’s Leonard returned the favor in another tight race, out-touching Grumley by seven-tenths of a second. Despite being out-touched, the swim qualified the tri-captain for her second individual event at state. Sobke fought hard for a fifth-place finish.
The 100 free was owned by the Demons nabbing seven of the top 10 spots. Leading the pack was tri-captain Roper, with Carcaterra on her heels for another strong swim.
Gamba, freshman Mikayla Axtell and sophomores Olivia Ayers and Jessie Cruz finished fourth, fifth, ninth and 10th, respectively. Immediately following the 100 free is high school’s distance event, the 500 free. Peterson showed her versatility, winning the event by 40 seconds.
Peterson was right back in the pool, assisting her teammates Kalakewich, Carcaterra and Roper in winning the 200 free relay while narrowly missing the state cut. Seniors Gamba and Turley, accompanied by sophomores Ayers and Fuller, brought home fourth place.
Kalakewich continued her impressive showing, once again leading from start to finish in the 100 backstroke. Axtell, a first-time swimmer, impressed all in her debut by bringing home another fifth place.
Peterson showed she will be a force to be reckoned with in the 100 breaststroke, finishing just shy of the state cut. Pearson continued her veteran workmanship by out-touching a Moffat swimmer for second place.
The Demons’ first meet ended as it began, with yet another victory. Carcaterra, Grumley, Pearson and Sobke teamed up for the win.
Axtell and Ayers, with the help of freshman Lexie Montoya and sophomore Elana Neiley, gutted out a fifth place to secure the Demons’ team win.
Next weekend, the Demons will be off to Grand Junction for the league relays.
The self-funded Demons are at work in both the pool and in the fundraising arena. Fundraising events are coming soon.
If you would simply like to make a donation to the girls’ cause, contact coach Mark Bauer through Glenwood Springs High School.
Grand Valley’s girls basketball team took home silver from the Meeker Cowboy Shootout, held Thursday through Saturday.
The Cardinals lost to Hayden, 50-40, in Saturday’s title game. Grand Valley defeated Vanguard Charter, 49-45, and Meeker, 42-39, earlier in the tournament.
Grand Valley hosts Rifle on Tuesday.
Coal Ridge started its wrestling season on a high note, winning three of five matches at Saturday’s Maverick Duals, hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
The Titans defeated Glenwood Springs (54-30), Rangely (42-20) and Grand Valley (36-30) and lost to Durango (50-21) and Montrose (41-27).
“We are very young this year,” Coal Ridge coach Mike Mikalakis said. “We have a whole bunch of freshmen and sophomores. It was a good day. I’m proud of the kids. They wrestled hard.”
Leading Coal Ridge in Grand Junction were Collin Carbone (120), Michael Shaw (132) and Devon Godeski (145). Each of the three went 4-1 on the day.
Glenwood Springs and Grand Valley also competed at the Maverick Duals.
Glenwood Springs defeated Moffat County (48-24) and Rangely (54-22) and lost to Olathe (38-24) and Coal Ridge (54-30).
Grand Valley defeated Rangely (54-12) and lost to Palisade (61-15), Paonia (69-12), Coal Ridge (36-30) and Olathe (42-30).
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