Freshman Tuttle leads Demons at state swim meet
THORNTON, Colorado – Mark Bauer couldn’t have asked for a better season from the Glenwood Springs High School girls swimming team.
Granted, the Demons wound up far behind the leaders in the team race at the Class 4A State Championships at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center on Saturday, finishing 15th in the team standings.
Bauer, however, felt the Demons held their own on the state’s big stage.
“We did have a lot of second- and third-best times, but … it’s not like we had a bad meet,” Bauer said. “I think the girls had a blast.”
Headlining the Demons’ performances individually was freshman Jessica Tuttle, who finished ninth in the 500-yard freestyle and 11th in the 200 freestyle.
“For a freshman in her first time at the state meet, she did great,” the coach said of Tuttle, who won the consolation leg of the 500 freestyle. “If she had swam a little faster in the prelims (and reached the medal finals), she would have gotten fourth place instead of ninth. We talked about that with her, but that finish was cool for her.”
Tuttle, with her finish, also broke the team-record time of 5 minutes, 13.78 seconds in the 500 freestyle that she set during the Demons’ team victory at the Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction on Feb. 2.
No final times from the meet were available.
Hannah Grumley managed a 17th-place finish in the 200 intermediate medley, setting a new team-record time. Also finishing 17th was Glenwood’s 200 intermediate medley relay team, comprising Hannah Peterson, Hannah Grumley, Kierra Kalakewich and Jessica Tuttle.
The highest overall finish for the Demons was seventh place from the 400 freestyle relay team, made up of Kendall Vanderhoof, Hannah Grumley, Jessica Tuttle and Lily Thorsen.
Thompson Valley won the team title for the fourth consecutive year with 300 points, followed by Cheyenne Mountain (282) and Evergreen (266). The Demons finished with 42 points as a team, coming in behind Mullen (46), Aspen (47) and Montrose (51) in the team standings.
Glenwood’s win at the Western Slope Championships on Feb. 2, however, was the big highlight of the season. The Demons’ team total of 424 eclipsed the totals of second-place Durango (423) and Montrose (343). It was the Demons’ first win at the meet since 2005.
“Winning that meet was definitely a goal, but I don’t think they thought they could do it without a diver,” Bauer said. “We knew it was gonna be close.”
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