Demons win two of three at home swim meet
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – One phrase describes just how Keevyn Scholl’s day went in the 100-yard freestyle swimming event on Saturday: So close, yet so far ahead.
Scholl, a senior on the Glenwood Springs High School girls swimming team, blew away the rest of the field in the event. She posted a personal-best time of 58.42 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the second-place finish of Aspen’s Claire Collier (1:00.35) but only three-tenths of a second away from reaching the event’s state qualifying time.
Regardless, she was one of the Demons’ standouts and helped her team win two of three dual meets during a four-way dual at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool.
“Competing at these small meets, the competition isn’t all that great, but I know the competition at districts will be golden,” said Scholl, referring to the Western Slope district meet scheduled for this coming weekend at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. “I’ve been resting up a little bit, so I didn’t expect to come out that far ahead.”
The meet was designed to have a dual scoring system between Glenwood, Durango, Montezuma-Cortez and Aspen high schools.
The Demons came out ahead in their duals with Cortez (107-29) and Aspen (93-68). The Skiers earned their lone dual victory against Cortez (104-43).
Durango won each of its three duals, beating Glenwood (95-68), Cortez (140-12) and Aspen (120-50).
Scholl also came out ahead in the 100 breaststroke, winning by nearly 3 seconds with a state-qualifying time of 1:13.96. It was nine-hundredths of a second slower then her personal-best time in the event, but nearly three full seconds faster than the second-place time of 1:16.94 posted by Durango sophomore Bonne Matheson.
Her freestyle event is what she was most proud of on Saturday, however. Even though she’s been swimming competitively since age 11, she didn’t begin swimming freestyle competitively until last year.
“That’s a big surprise since I only began doing freestyle as a junior,” Scholl said. “Part of it is I’m less spastic. I’m more calm and concentrated on an event now when I go into it.”
Glenwood’s Ashley Roper won’t have to wait until her senior year to excel in freestyle events. The sophomore won the 50 free in 26.32, which met state standards, and posted a state-qualifying mark of 1:04.92 in the 100 backstroke to win that event. She also swims the final leg of the 200 medley relay along with Kierra Kalakewich, Scholl and Rebecca Carcaterra. The quartet have already qualified for state but finished second to Durango on Saturday. That same team won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:51.71.
Carcaterra, a sophomore, won the 200 intermediate medley in 2:35.43, nearly five seconds better than second-place finisher Rydell Stottlemyer of Durango but close to three seconds away from the state standard.
“It wasn’t my best time,” Carcaterra said. “It’s kind of hard to push yourself when there’s no one around you. Hopefully I can make it to state next week.”
Glenwood coach Theresa Wagenman said making up three seconds in that event to reach the state standard isn’t out of the question for Carcaterra, and neither is a top-half finish for the Demons at this coming weekend’s district meet.
“At the beginning of the season we had 20 girls out for the team,” Wagenman said. “Right now we’re down to 12 girls, so I would say third place would be a good finish. Numbers make a big difference, but right now we’re focusing on quality, not quantity, and focusing on how good it is to do all the little things that make a big difference.”
Aspen also had some top finishers.
Junior Jamie Fletcher won the 1-meter diving event with a six-dive score of 139.6, reaching a degree of difficulty of 2.2 on one of her dives. Senior Shannon Peirce took third in the 200 freestyle in 2:23.11 and was part of a 200 free relay team which took third behind Glenwood and Durango.
Mary Beasley took third in the 200 individual medley for the Skiers.
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