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Home a happy place for Demon swimmers

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs swimmer Kierra Kalakewich, a student at Vail Christian, swims the 50-yard freestyle at Saturday's meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – They just couldn’t stop celebrating, and rightfully so.

Glenwood Springs High School’s 200-yard freestyle relay team had just put the finishing touches on a milestone time.

Clocking in at 1 minute, 47.84 seconds and finishing in third place, Lily Thorsen, Ashley Roper, Hannah Peterson and Hannah Grumley obliterated their seed time of 1:52.37. Perhaps best of all for the foursome, they had just posted a state-qualifying time.

And the Demons did it at home, no less.

Glenwood was competing at the Glenwood Spring Community Center pool for the second of just two home meets gracing the 2011-12 season’s schedule on Saturday. Fruita Monument, Montrose, Durango, Montezuma-Cortez and the Palisade/Grand Junction Central Wardogs all made the trip.

After notching their milestone mark, the Demons’ 200 relay quartet celebrated with a poolside huddle, wearing ear-to-ear smiles the whole time. The celebration lasted a while, and why not?

“We’ve been shooting for that one for a while now,” said Peterson, a freshman. “It’s pretty exciting.”

All three Glenwood girls swimming relays – the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle – have now qualified for the Feb. 10-11 Class 4A state meet in Thornton.

Grumley, a junior, is the only Demon with state-qualifying times in individual events. She already has state spots secured in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

Grumley fared well in both events on Saturday, taking first in the fly (1:04.04) and second in the 200 individual medley (2:24.44).

Though she was under the weather, distance phenom Thorsen had a big day. The junior placed second in the 200 freestyle (2:08.45) and third in the 500 freestyle (5:54.1).

Junior Ashley Roper, who teaches swimming lessons and serves as a lifeguard at the community center’s pool, took second in the 100 freestyle (59.03) and third the 200 freestyle (2:08.73).

“I’ve been having a hard time getting back to where I was at last season in the 200 free,” said Roper, a student at Coal Ridge. “This was the closest I’ve been. I’m almost to the state cut.”

Peterson placed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.77) and Kierra Kalakewich, a student at Vail Christian, nabbed third in the 100 backstroke (1:08.35).

The Demons’ 400 freestyle relay notched a third-place finish, clocking in at 3:59.82. Thorsen, Roper, Peterson and Grumley teamed up on that bronze showing.

Because Saturday marked the season’s home finale, Glenwood Springs honored seniors Danielle Turley, Savanna Pearson, Kenzie Hill, Jenna Sobke and Alida Eide.

As a team, the Demons finished third behind first-place Montrose and second-place Durango.


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