Demon swimmers win home opener
With 29 swimmers this year, the Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team looks to be able to fill in the missing piece of the puzzle from last year — depth, according to head coach Steve Vanderhoof. If the season home opener is a preview of the season to come, in addition to the five returning state qualifiers in Jessica Tuttle, Kendall Vanderhoof, Hannah Stinson, Zoe Lyon ad LJ Fetzko, Glenwood will be able to score points up and down the roster. Glenwood benefited from 14 girls scoring points in the home opener, which led to a convincing win over Grand Junction High School, Montrose High School, Summit High School and Moffat County High School, on Friday at the Glenwood Recreation Center.
Led by returning veterans Fetzko and Vanderhoof, with two victories each, Glenwood also had two outstanding first place swims by freshman Sarah Depangrazio and a single victory by freshman Macy Stinson. In addition to the seven individual victories, Glenwood won all three relays, resulting in victories in 10 of the 12 events. Outside of the top finishers Glenwood had outstanding swims by Mae Lang Burns, Kristin Davis, Lily MacCachran, Kaitlyn Vanderhoof, Clara Cappel, Hannah Stinson, Emily Axtell, Carolin Spaar, Cheyenne Beightel and Kendall Mueller.
In the 200-yard medley relay, Davis, Kaitlyn Vanderhoof, Depangrazio and Lauren Fetzko topped Grand Junction with a time of 2:03.02, just two seconds ahead of the Tigers. Kendall Knott, Beightel, Stinson and Spaar finished fourth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:11.78.
As a team, the Demons recorded 416 points, good for first overall, which was 88 points ahead of the second-place Tigers at 328 points.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Kendall Vanderhoof took home first place with a time of 2:03.04, while Davis (2:11.04, third) and Stinson (2:11.27, fourth) rounded out the top five finishers in the event.
“I am very pleased with the entire team. We have put in a lot of time in the pool with early season workouts,” Vanderhoof said. “This early pool time has already resulted in many personal best swims throughout the 29-person roster.”
On top of great individual performances, a handful of Demon swimmers recorded state-qualifying times.
LJ Fetzko recorded a state qualifying time in the 100 breast and the 500 free, while Depangrazio qualified in the 100 fly.
Kendall Vanderhoof recorded state-qualifying times in the 100 free and the 200 free, while Stinson qualified for state in the 100 fly, 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.
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