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Area Sports Briefs

Swimming for Middlebury College in Bates, Maine, over the weekend, freshman Emily McDonald took part in a record-breaking swim. The former Glenwood Springs High School swimmer and Colorado Rocky Mountain School graduate swam a leg in the 200 medley relay that set a new Middlebury school record.McDonald, along with teammates Pam Chatikavanij, Whitney Thomas and Katie Remington, set the record with a time of 1 minute, 40.08 seconds.The winning relay was part of Middlebury’s 229-70 victory over Bates. The Middlebury girls swimming and diving is now 4-1 and will next hit the water against Hamilton on Saturday.

Kevin Hartmann, who trains with both the Aspen Ski Club and the Sunlight Ski Team, turned in a winning performance on in a United States Skiing Association giant slalom race Jan. 6 at Crested Butte. The J-3 skier took first in the morning run with a time of 33 seconds, then took second in the afternoon with a time of 33.38 seconds.In the J-5 men’s division, Sunlight skier Luke Prosence turned in two top-five runs. In the morning, he placed five with a time of 36.99 seconds, then in the afternoon he took fourth with a time of 36.80. Also in the J-5 men’s race, Cornelius Cooper improved from a 20th-place run in 44.02 seconds in the morning session, shaving over six seconds off his first time for an eighth-place finish in the afternoon.Lilly McSwain had the best day for the Sunlight women, cruising down the mountain and placing fourth and fifth in the J-4 giant slalom races. She turned in a 33.43-second morning run for fifth place and a 32.45-second afternoon run for fourth. Grace McSwain, who also raced in the J-4 division, placed 16th in the morning with a 38.91 mark and then finished 18th in the afternoon run, crossing the finish in 38.92 seconds.In the J-4 men’s division, Sunlight’s Quinn Kimminau recorded 28th and 31st-place runs with times of 42.09 and 44.13 seconds respectively. Teammate Alphonse Fischer was right behind him with times of 44.85 and 45.72, for 32nd and 31st-place finishes, respectively.

The Glenwood Springs Middle School girls A and B basketball teams started their seasons with games at Basalt on Tuesday night and both came away with wins.The A team, lead by Cassidy Gaddis’ 12 points, beat Basalt 41-16. Lexie Warkentin scored 10 points and Sarah Davis added seven for the Cougars.The B team also worked to a blowout victory, downing Basalt 30-8. Brandi Vinger led Glenwood with 10 points.Both teams are now 1-0 and will be playing at a tournament in Eagle this weekend.

The Defiance Volleyball Club Power 15’s team traveled to Colorado Springs on Sunday and took first place in Power Tournament No. 1. The squad, which is made up of 11 girls, ages 13-15 and is composed of players from Carbondale, Glenwood, New Castle and Rifle, represented the western slope in a field of Front Range teams in Division 3 (out of 10 divisions).Defiance was seeded first in its pool to begin the day and defeated each team, never dropping a set. They went on to win the championship crossover match in two sets for a total sweep of the first tournament of the season. With this win, the team will advance to Division 2 for the next power tournament in the Rocky Mountain Region on Feb. 3.

Competing at the second round of the Rocky Mountain Region United States Association Volleyball Power League I tourney (the format in this year’s RMR-USAV Power League competition has the 18’s, 17’s, and 14-unders playing on one weekend and the 16’s, 15’s, 13’s, and 12-unders playing on the next), the Front Range Volleyball Club-Mountain Division 15-Navy team accredited themselves well despite the same early tourney “jitters” that plagued both of their sister teams last week. Behind the steady passing and serving of Kenzi Caple (Glenwood Springs HS), the young 15-under squad overcame a first round match that saw them struggle with mistakes and tension. After losing that first match to the NORCO (Northern Colorado) 14’s (Ft. Collins) they came back to win three straight matches against Rocky Elite 15’s (Englewood), Pike’s Peak 15’s (Colorado Springs), and the Juggernaut 15’s (Wheatridge) to place third in Division III and earn an automatic berth in Division II for Power League No. 2.

Registration for the 2008 season of Three Rivers Little League will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday Feb. 13, from 5-7 p.m. Children who live within the Three River Little League boundaries are eligible to enroll to play baseball. Registration is required even if the child played previously.Registration will be held at Carbondale Middle School, Basalt Middle School and Glenwood Springs Elementary School. At least one parent or legal guardian must be present, with one proof of residence and an original or state-certified copy of the child’s birth certificate. The documents will be inspected and returned at registration. Season starts April 5. Information: Eva Cerise, 963-3744.

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