Thin Summit air doesn’t slow the Demons
As a winter storm settled in across Colorado, the self-funded Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team made itself comfortable at the Summit High School Lady Tiger Invite.
The thin air in Summit County has been known to cause visitors to feel short of breath and lethargic, but not the Demons.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Kierra Kalakewich, who attends Vail Christian but swims for Glenwood, along with Demon juniors Rebecca Carcaterra, Hannah Grumley and senior Alida Eide, showcased the electric attitude the squad would bring throughout the meet.
In a nail-biting, head-to-head duel between the Demons and Colorado Academy, that concluded with Glenwood emerging second by a tenth of a second, the roof nearly blew off the pool.
Coal Ridge junior Ashley Roper kept the Demons amped with a victory in the 200 freestyle.
Tri-captain Grumley ran away from the field right from the start in the 200 individual medley, winning by 11 seconds. Carcaterra battled with the eventual second- and third-place swimmers to end up fourth.
The drag race of swimming, also known as the 50 free, was a blur.
Kalakewich and freshman Hannah Peterson took part in the mayhem, with Kalakewich finishing fourth and the youngster taking third.
Unfortunately, Peterson strained her hamstring in the effort and was forced to spectate for the remainder of the meet.
Tri-captain Roper gave her all in the 100 free to earn the silver, while junior Lily Thorsen controlled the 500 free from wire to wire, besting the competition by more than 11 seconds.
The energy of the 200 free relay threatened the facility’s circuits as Salida and Glenwood clashed for supremacy.
Eide, Carcaterra, Thorsen and Roper swam gallantly to come up five-tenths short of the win. It turns out that this was a foreshadowing of how the meet would come to a conclusion as well.
Seniors Jenna Sobke, tri-captain Danielle Turley and Savanna Pearson combined with Kalakewich to swim to a strong sixth-place finish to round out the scoring.
The high voltage from the relay carried over into the 100 back, an event in which first to third was decided by four-tenths of a second.
It was a three-swimmer race between Kalakewich, Grumley and a swimmer from Colorado Academy.
Coming into the final wall, it was a coin flip as to who would reign victorious.
Grumley managed to touch the wall first. A mere tenth of a second separated Kalakewich and the young lady from Colorado Academy, with Kalakewich earning the bronze.
Thorsen was a dominating force in the 100 breast, winning by two body lengths. The sleek senior Pearson glided through the pool to finish fourth in a tight race between second and sixth.
Sophomores Mackenzie Fuller and Jessie Cruz rounded out Glenwood’s swimmers for the Invite.
At the conclusion of the seven-squad invite, there were eight points separating first from third, with the Demons coming up two points short of Salida for the team crown.
The Demons travel to Aspen on Saturday for the final meet before Western Slope Championships and state.
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