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Demon swimmers cap undefeated team season with conference championship

Host of Glenwood swimmers, divers headed to state

Glenwood Springs High School junior Emma Price competes in a home swim meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center earlier this season. Price was seventh in the backstroke at this past weekend’s Southwest League championships in Grand Junction to help the Demons to the team win.
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The Glenwood Springs High School girls swim and dive team capped an undefeated season over the weekend, winning the Southwest Conference finals in dominating fashion.

The Lady Demons swam away from the 10-team field in the two-day COVID-19-altered championship meet Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

SW Conference team results

1. Glenwood Springs — 526.5

2. Fruita Monument — 393

3. Grand Junction — 302

4. Aspen — 241

5. Gunnison — 200

6. Durango — 155

7. Summit — 147.5

8. Moffat County — 134

9. Montrose — 115

10. Delta — 106

On Friday, Aspen, Gunnison, Durango, Montrose and Delta competed.



“The Aspen and Gunnison girls set the bar high with many season bests and state 3A-leading times,” Glenwood head coach Steve Vanderhoof said.

Then, on Saturday, Glenwood swam and dove with teams from Summit, Moffat County, Fruita Monument and Grand Junction High Schools. Each days’ results were then combined to come up with individual and team results.



In the end, the Glenwood Demons swam away with the title for the fourth time in the last six years.

As in past years, Glenwood played to its depth and used under classmen, including six talented freshmen, to overpower the rest of the league.

“Every single member of the Conference Team placed and scored points,” Vanderhoof said. “We have been very fortunate, in that with many of the pool shutdowns across the country, almost all of these girls have been in the pool training since mid summer. It showed today.”

Glenwood was once again had standout performancees by the senior diving duo of Libby Claassen and Abby Scruton, placing 1-2 in the 1-meter diving portion of the competition.

In the swimming events, the Demons were led by Senior Kylee Smith who won the 100 butterfly (59.07 seconds) and the 200 freestyle (1:59.07).

Freshman Amelie Ogilby swam to a victory in the 500 freestyle with a state 3A best time of 5:12.35.

The Glenwood girls head to Thornton later this week for the 3A State Championship. The Demons are currently ranked third, with several top prospects for medals.

State qualifying is different this year, based on top 20 rankings for individuals and relay teams.

“We will not know until Monday afternoon exactly what our state roster will be,” Vanderhoof said.

Top qualifiers based on the current rankings include:

• Senior Abby Scurton, 1M Diving (ranked fourth)

• Senior Libby Claassen, 1M Diving (ranked fifth)

• Senior Kylee Smith, 200 freestyle (ranked second), 100 butterfly (ranked second), 200 medley relay (ranked third), 400 free relay (ranked second)

• Senior Sophie Moon, 200 freestyle relay

• Freshman Amelie Ogilby, 500 freestyle (ranked first), 200 freestyle (ranked sixth), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay

• Junior Amy Madsen, 100 and 200 freestyle (ranked fifth), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay

• Sophomore Anna Thornton, 200 free relay

• Freshman Adelyn Newton, 200 free relay

• Junior Ellie MacPherson, 200 and 400 free relay

Some Glenwood Springs swimmers could move into a state-qualifying position if other ranked swimmers choose not to swim an event, since only two individual events are allowed.

That could include sophomore Anne Moon in the 500 freestyle, Sophie Moon in the 100 breaststroke, Anna Thornton in the 50 freestyle, and Adelyn Newton in the 100 breaststroke. Those determinations are to be made on Monday.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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