Demon divers share GSHS athlete award |

Demon divers share GSHS athlete award

The three divers on the girls’ Glenwood Springs swim team dominated the regular season. In Class 4A Western Slope League meets, a Glenwood diver found herself at the top of the standings every meet this season.

Still, Kelly Hauskins, Amy Ackerman and Celeste Cashel admitted they were somewhat intimidated when they arrived to compete against a number of Eastern Slope teams at the state meet in Loveland last weekend.

While the trio may not have been pushed hard by other teams on the Western Slope this season, the competition within the team proved to be enough for a solid performance.

All three Glenwood divers notched top-10 marks to help the Demons to a fifth-place state finish. The Demons were the only team with three divers to advance to the finals.

“It was cool having the competition on your own team,” Cashel said. “It’s not as hard when you don’t win because the team still wins.”

Hauskins, a junior, led the way with a second-place finish, while Ackerman, a senior, and Cashel, a junior, were seventh and 10th, respectively.

The three divers share this week’s McDonalds Glenwood Springs High School Athlete of the Week honors.

“Our goal was to all finish in the top eight, but the two of us didn’t have the best meet ever,” Ackerman said, referring to herself and Cashel.

For Ackerman it was her final competitive meet in high school, and, while she would have preferred to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish, the environment was an ideal one in which to wrap up her prep career.

“It was really exciting and there were tons of people,” Ackerman said. “All of us had our best round in the finals.

“I was sad. I think I could have done better, but it was definitely a good note to end on in the final round.”

Cashel and Hauskins will both be back next season looking to improve on this season’s marks.

Cashel jumped 11 places this year after a 21st at state last season.

“I’d just like to improve and move up to the top five,” Cashel said. “I want to keep getting better.”

If Hauskins improves at all she will find herself with a state title, but don’t expect her to enter next season overconfident.

“It was just that I stuck my dives. That put me in second place,” Hauskins said. “I’m not going to walk in there next year and say just because I got second place I should win.”

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