Demon swimmers win fourth straight regional title |

Demon swimmers win fourth straight regional title

This time the path to becoming the Western Regional girls swimming team champion was easier for Glenwood Springs.Rather than wait to the last event to win the team title, as they did last season, the Demons swam strong through the entire meet, allowing them to keep the championship trophy for another year.Glenwood, with 242 team points, bested runner-up Grand Junction’s total of 192 by 50 points, while Montrose finished in third place with 188 points.Individual event wins by Coal Ridge freshman Sierra Grove in the 50-yard freestyle and junior Emily McDonald in the butterfly along with team victories in the 200 and 400 free relays accounted for a large amount of the team points.Grove powered her way to a 55.32 second mark in the sprint event. McDonald, displaying her versatility, clocked in at 1:00.24 seconds in an event she rarely competes in.Grove, McDonald and Jennifer Betts swam with Stacey Miller in the 200 free relay and with Molly Jankovsky in the 400 free relay, finishing the events in 1:44.18 and 3:50.13, respectively.Yet the Demons wouldn’t be hoisting their fourth straight regional title without the help of additional, valuable points garnered by Glenwood’s other team members.The dive team aided the Demons’ cause with Allie Wine’s second-place score of 289.00 points, plus fifth- and sixth-place marks from Jessica Betts and Brittany Conger.Grove and Ali Schaiberger put more points in Glenwood’s bank account with Grove’s second-place swim in the 50-yard freestyle, and Schaiberger’s second-place finishes in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.Jennifer Betts also took fourth place in the 100 free for a few more points.Add in a couple of more points from Cori Barnes and Claire Noone, and the Demons come home with a trophy.Ahead is a trip to Fort Collins this weekend where the Demons hope to bring home some state medals from the Class 4A state meet.

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