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Barracuda meet is golden for Emily McDonald

Phil Sandoval

CARBONDALE – The Sopris Barracudas hosted their annual swim meet for Western Slope club swim teams and one of the host team’s swimmers, Emily McDonald, became the meet’s leading personality.

McDonald, an eighth-grader-to-be at Glenwood Springs Middle School, concluded the weekend-long competition at Carbondale John Fleet Municipal Pool with four gold medals and four first-place times.

And McDonald probably would have gotten a fifth gold medal. But, she was haulted by her former Barracuda teammate, Rachel Rey.

Rey, who trains and swims for the Grand Junction Dolphin Swim Club in the summer, beat McDonald by eight seconds in Sunday’s 200-meter butterfly.

The second place time secured McDonald’s third qualified berth at July’s Junior Olympic swim meet in Grand Junction.

Earlier McDonald had qualified in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events.

She said that this weekend was not one of her best performances, “but this early in the season (this was the Barracudas’ third meet), I think it was pretty good.”

To most swimmers her age, McDonald’s times were very, very good.

In the 100 freestyle, McDonald finished the race in 1:05.34.

The gap between first and second place was larger in the butterfly. McDonald, 13, beat Steamboat’s Hestia Chase, to the wall in 1:17.28 to Chase’s 1:23.74.

Later, McDonald and Vashti Chandler finished one-two in the 100 meter backstroke. Both swimmers had times of 1:18.75 and 1:20.36, respectively.

McDonald netted her fourth win with a 29.65 time in the 50 free before squaring off against Rey in the butterfly.

Three Barracudas, Keevyn Scholl, Claire Noone and Jonathon Jay, earned two individual gold medals in their respective age divisions.

Scholl swam an event-best 20.53 in the girls 8-and-under 25 meter freestyle and won the 50-meter breaststroke in 56.77.

Noone, who competes in the 13-14 girls division, beat her nearest competitor by 17 seconds in the 200-meter breaststroke, then swam a 1:29.91 time in winning the 100 breaststroke.

Jay won the 13-14 boys, 800 freestyle in 10:27.99 and the 200-meter individual medley.

Other individual first-place marks by Barracuda swimmers in the 98 event swim meet as of press time, included Luke Johnson (9-10 year-old boys, 800 meter freestyle) and Sierra Grove (11-12 girls, 200 backstroke)

Tess Jankovsky had the Barracuda’s only senior girls first place time.

She nipped Jane Muldoon of Montrose, 31.21 to 31.49, for first. Tess’s cousin, Bridget, took third.

The Barracudas also clocked two first-place times in relay events. The 13-14, girls 400 meter freestyle team of Kristin Guettler, Manon Jacob, Nora and Vashti Chandler swam in at 5:41.27 over a second Barracuda relay team.

Sopris’s 8-and-under boys 100 meter medley relay team of Tyler Guettler, Clay Guinn, Cam Avery and Christopher Sims posted a 2:08.28 time while defeating the Grand Junction Dolphins.

The meet featured 13 swim teams and 330 athletes.


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