Demon swimmers seek hardware at state
Post Independent Staff
Now that the last practice is over, all that’s left between Glenwood Springs’ goal of earning state medals at this weekend’s Class 4A girls high school state swim and dive championships is to get in the water.
And the three-time Western Regional team champion Demons have the marks to make considerable ripples in the two-day meet, which begins Friday at Mountain View High School’s pool in Loveland.
Among the 12 individual events in which an individual state champion will be crowned, Glenwood has at least one entry in 10 events.
Moreover, the Demons, according to pre-meet information provided by the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Web site, have one of the state’s top-four athletes in seven of the events.
Freshman Emily McDonald holds the 4A’s best 200-yard freestyle time at 1 minute, 57.06 seconds. At Loveland, McDonald’s quest of earning the school’s first individual state swim title will be challenged by Mullen’s Kristen Cobb and Amanda Irving.
Cobb, seeded No. 2, posted a 1:57.46 this year. Irving, is two-hundredths of a second back of her teammate at 1:57.48.
McDonald also is among the favorites in the 100-yard freestyle. The freshman’s 53.45 mark puts her within striking distance of top-seeded Laura Wright’s time of 52.37.
Demon swimmer Alina Roberts, a student at Aspen High School, has the state’s No. 3 times in the 50 free and 100 backstroke events. In the sprint freestyle, Roberts, who has clocked a 24.73-second personal best, matches up against Laura Wright of Skyline and Estes Park’s Karin Knudsen, who have posted marks of 24.22 and 24.52, respectively.
Opposing Roberts in the backstroke will be 2003 state silver medalist Amy Abrams of Greeley Central, and Monte Vista’s Kelsey Ida.
Between individual events, McDonald and Roberts will also see action as members of Glenwood’s medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.
The medley team’s time of 1:54.66 is third-best in the field headed by Greeley Central at 1:54.08 and Lewis-Palmer’s 1:54.29.
In the 400 free relay, the Demon foursome of Bridget Jankovsky, Audrey Schaiburger, Roberts and McDonald are No. 4 with a 3:47.22 season best.
In diving, the Demons have their top returning medalist from last year’s state meet.
Glenwood has two divers competing, led by senior Kelly Hauskins, who amassed a season-best 469.06 points last week, and placed second at last year’s state meet. Teammate Allee Wine, a sophomore, earned her way in by finishing fourth at regionals.
Expected challengers for both Demons in the dive competition are Knudsen, Kent Denver’s Colleen Broadurt and Marci Slater of Mullen.
Other Demon swimmers who qualified as individuals for the state meet include senior Michelle McReynolds in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Jennifer Betts in the 100 free and breast strokers Lindsay Snyder, a junior at Rifle High School, and Colorado Rocky Mountain School freshman Claire Noone.
Snyder and Noone compete for Glenwood because their schools do not field swim teams. Aspen started its swim team this season, but Roberts was already a member of the Demon squad.
Action starts at 4 p.m. Friday with the swim preliminaries. Dive prelims are at 10:30 a.m., Saturday. The top 16 swim relay teams and individuals from the swim and dive prelims advance to Saturday’s finals, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
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