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On Saturday, Demons swim X-cellently in Aspen

Saturday morning, before the big names of Winter X Games hit the slopes, the valley’s famous self-funded lady Demon swim team struck the water in Aspen.

The Aspen High School quad meet featured Aspen, Grand Junction, Cortez and your beloved Glenwood Springs High School.

The meet started out with a thrilling race in the 200-yard medley relay between Grand Junction, Glenwood and Aspen.

Kierra Kalakewich, Rebecca Carcaterra, Hannah Grumley and Alida Eide finished second behind the 5A Junction team.

Tri-captain Ashley Roper put on an X Games style swim in the 200 freestyle. The Coal Ridge junior overwhelmed the field with an early burst of speed that could not be matched while getting her first state cut in a time of 2 minutes, 7 seconds.

Senior Savanna Pearson, swimming in her final meet, knocked four seconds off her best time to claim second. The freshman Sofia Gamba’s first 200 free ever showed promise for the years to come.

The 50 free was a blur, as junior Carcaterra swam her best time of the season to take fifth. Junior Kalakewich, although not feeling up to par, managed to swim to a sixth place. Eide, who has been a swimming giant for the Demons as of late, came in ninth.

Tri-captain and household name, Grumley, swam in a head-to-head battle with Aspen’s Claire Collier to come up just a little bit short, even though she swam a season best and state-qualifying time of 1:03.38.

Roper was an X-force in Aspen. She put on yet another artful display in the 100 free, winning in a time of 59.23. Senior Jenna Sobke swam her best time of the year, finishing seventh while freshman Lexie Montoya shattered her previous best by seven seconds.

The lady Demons foursome of Roper, Pearson, Eide and Kalakewich crushed the 200 free relay competition by 10 seconds. Montoya, Gamba and sophomores Elana Neiley and Jessie Cruz claimed the seventh spot. Even as Cruz’s shoulder gave up, she was relentless in her pursuit of her goal.

The 100 backstroke was a clash of the valley’s two teams. Aspen’s Collier and Kelcie Gerson got the best of Glenwood’s Grumley, Kalakewich and Eide with the young ladies, finishing in this order. Sophomore Mackenzie Fuller swam a best time, rounding out the top 10.

The lady Demons made their presence felt by placing four swimmers in the top 10 of the 100 breaststroke. Topping the event was Carcaterra in a season best of 1:19.82. She swam away from the field in the last 25 yards.

Pearson continued to end her senior campaign in glory with a bronze. Tri-captain Danielle Turley, another senior in her final meet, secured the eighth spot while the freshman Montoya dropped 11 seconds off her best time with a flying tomato chop to finish 10th.

Roper, Pearson, Carcaterra and Grumley teamed up for the final event of the day, the 400 free relay. The first leg of the relay was somewhat contested and then the savvy senior Pearson took over to put the Demons in the lead for good.

In the head-to-head matchups, the Demons lost to Grand Junction, overwhelmed Cortez and overcame an 11-point deficit in the final event to defeat Aspen, 79-78.

Next week, the team is off to Grand Junction for the Western Slope Championships.

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