Demon swimmers add two wins
GRAND JUNCTION ” Collectively, the Glenwood Springs girls swim team didn’t have its best day in the water, but the team’s marks were strong enough to beat Valley and host Grand Junction Saturday.
The Demons won all three team relays, got first-place marks from senior Kelly Hauskins in the dive competition and freshman Emily McDonald in the 100-yard freestyle as Glenwood posted a 114-106 win over Grand Junction and a 123-97 victory over Valley.
“I know a lot of the girls are kind of frustrated not swimming their best times,” said coach Theresa Mattingly. “They have higher expectations for themselves and some of them were disappointed not meeting those expectations.”
But there was a reason for the Demons’ subpar performance, Mattingly noted.
“They had finals last week and finals take more out of you than you realize.”
Also, some Demon swimmers were not in perfect health.
Senior Michelle McReynolds had been fighting a cold all week, the coach said. The illness raised doubts about McReynolds’ participating at Saturday’s meet.
“Michelle said she didn’t feel good,” Mattingly recalled. “I told her we could scratch her ” that was no big deal. She said, ‘I really want to swim and the team needs me.'”
McReynolds, Glenwood’s No. 1 500-yard freestyler, responded with a gutsy performance.
Trailing Grand Junction’s Jazzy Berry for most of the race, McReynolds found the energy in the last lap, nosing out the Tiger swimmer by 2.48 seconds for second place.
“Michelle wants to win. She’s a fighter and wanted to beat (Berry),” Mattingly said. McReynolds posted a 5 minute, 58.47 runner-up time. “Michelle wasn’t hitting her best times, but that’s saying a lot for her that she swam her heart out when she didn’t feel great.”
McDonald expressed some disappointment with her 54.15 winning time in the 100 freestyle.
“I didn’t do as well as I wanted to,” she said. “But it’s still good.”
In the race, McDonald defeated runner-up Kristin Scandary of Grand Junction by more than three seconds and shaved a half-second off her previous high school best of 54.87 in the event.
Hauskins, participating in her first meet after the holiday break, distanced herself from the competition quickly.
The Demon senior amassed an event-high 251.40 points in the six-dive event. Runner-up Tammy Timko of Valley finished with 223.50 points.
In the relays, the Demons bettered their previous seasonal-best marks in the 200-yard medley relay and both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle.
Glenwood’s biggest time cut came in the 400 free relay, in which it clocked a 3:52.00, a 4.5-second reduction.
On Saturday, Glenwood is scheduled to participate at the Jeffco Invitational meet in Lakewood, where most of the state’s top swimmers will be on hand.
“There’s going to be a lot of fast teams and a lot of good competition in Denver,” Mattingly said. “The meet gives us more of a chance to see where the other (Class 4A) teams are standing right now. For me, it’s an outlook where we stand against them.”
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