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Demons drop their times at Delta Invite

As multiple inches of chaos-causing snow fell throughout Colorado on Saturday, the Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team was in Delta unleashing its own version of chaos.

The temperature outside dropped, and so did the team’s times. The Demons posted 17 season- or personal-best times in 31 individual swims.

The five-team meet began with Kierra Kalakewich, Hannah Peterson, Hannah Grumley and Ashley Roper setting the tone by dominating the 200-yard medley relay.



The 200 free followed, with junior Rebecca Carcaterra swimming a best time in a second-place finish. Seniors Kenzie Hill and Jenna Sobke got sixth and seventh places, respectively, with Sobke dropping more than seven seconds in a gutsy effort.

Peterson, a fiery freshman, led the 200 individual medley from wire to wire while swimming a personal-best time. Senior Savanna Pearson’s strong work ethic at practice paid off with a fourth-place swim and another Demon best time.



In a very close 50 freestyle, junior tri-captain Roper swam her best time of the year to earn her third, while Kalakewich was a hair behind in fifth.

Senior tri-captain Danielle Turley rounded out the Demons’ scoring with a 12th-place swim. Freshman Lexie Montoya, along with sophomore Elana Neiley, both swam personal-best times. Neiley dropped roughly 3.5 seconds.

The lady Demons continued their onslaught of times in the 100 butterfly. In another tightly contested race, junior tri-captain Grumley finished third, with the top four swimmers finishing within a second of one another.

In the process, Grumley swam her fastest time of the year, while Sobke punished yet another time, cutting two seconds off of her previous best.

The ladies’ determination to swim in uncharted territory continued in the 100 freestyle.

Leading the way was Coal Ridge’s Roper with a bronze. Freshman Mikayla Axtell, junior Grace Gamba and sophomore Olivia Ayers all swam best times, earning valuable points for the Demons in the process. Although freshman Sofia Gamba finished outside the points, she shattered her best time by 6.5 seconds.

Hill, Glenwood’s distance specialist, swam consistent splits throughout the 500 freestyle to end up fifth.

Peterson, Carcaterra, Kalakewich and Roper teamed up for a valiant second-place swim, narrowly missing the state cut in the 200 freestyle relay. Axtell, Grace Gamba, Hill and sophomore Mackenzie Fuller battled to a sixth-place finish.

The junior tandem of Grumley and Kalakewich swam well in a lightning-fast heat of the 100 backstroke, finishing fourth and fifth. Kalakewich had a season-best time, as did Axtell, who chopped more than three seconds off her time.

The Demons once again placed multiple ladies in the points in the 100 breaststroke.

Peterson led the way with her second individual gold of the day to go along with a gold and silver in the relays that she was an instrumental part in.

Carcaterra swam inspired to third, while the sly, smooth Pearson got seventh. Ayers and Neiley once again demolished their times. Neiley led the way with a bludgeoning of more than seven seconds.

The Demons concluded the meet with Carcaterra, Fuller, Pearson and Grumley hanging on for a silver in the 400 freestyle relay.

Glenwood sophomore Jessie Cruz helped teammates Neiley, Montoya and Hill record a sixth-place swim. Ayers, the Gamba sisters and Sobke took seventh.

The self-funded lady Demons will be hosting their second and final home meet of the season this coming Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.


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