Demon swimmers split at home |

Demon swimmers split at home

Baron Zahuranec
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” It was the last race of the day for the Demons ” the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Glenwood girls were slightly behind going into the third leg of the race, but junior Christina Smith swam four lengths of the pool at a great pace to give anchor Sierra Grove, and the team, a chance for the win in the relay.

“Well, Christina really caught us up a lot,” Grove said after the race. “I just tried to swim like I did in the 100 free. I’m tired. It was a tough one. At the end of the day, they’re getting a little harder.”

Glenwood got the win by nearly four seconds over Durango at 4 minutes, 3.78 seconds.

Although the Demons won the last event, they still didn’t compile enough points to overcome a strong, deep Durango team.

Glenwood lost 122-58, but did beat Moffat County 105-56. The loss to Durango was the team’s first falter in a dual setup this season.

“They performed well overall,” Demons coach Michelle Brune said. “We saw some similar times and some faster than what they’ve been doing. We haven’t rested at all yet. I like to see them drop time when they’re tired.”

Over the last few weeks, Brune hasn’t been taking it easy in practice. She’s trying to gear the team up for districts, which is next weekend in Durango.

“The district championships, that’s the whole shooting match for the Western Slope,” she said. “At this point I think Durango will dominate. My hope is that we’ll get second.”

In their home pool, some personal bests were attained: Grove in the 200-yard individual medley, placing first at 2:21.04; sophomore Keevyn Scholl in the 100-yard breaststroke, with first at 1:12.15; Smith in the 50-yard freestyle, placing third at 27.71; and junior Bryann Milhorn in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:18.9.

Along with Grove’s state-qualifying time in the 200 IM, she was also first in the 100 free, winning by almost five seconds. Scholl took the top podium spot in the 100 breast, her favorite and best stroke. She had a two-body-length lead after the first 50 and opened that up to a five-length lead at the finish.

“I’ve just always been better at it than everyone else,” Scholl said. “I get in the water and I just want to perform.”

The divers also had a good day, taking first and second. Milhorn was first with a final score of 136.2, her best of the year, and sophomore Nikki Pearson dove for her first time and placed second at 80.55.

The team really liked not having to travel this weekend, but it was a mixed bag because the girls like both away and home meets. Each one has its pluses and minuses.

“Traveling is one of the best parts,” Scholl said with a smirk. “You’re with the team on the bus with no seatbelts and we’re just having fun.”

But, on the other side of the argument, she likes to see teachers and more family members at the home meets. She’s more relaxed then.

Senior Anna Wiltse had similar thoughts on the benefits and disadvantages of home and away weekends.

“Away meets are fun because we have a small team and there’s a lot of bonding on the trips,” she said.

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