Demons add two to state meet roster |

Demons add two to state meet roster

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Friday and Saturday, Glenwood swimmers Claire Noone and Ali Schaiberger added themselves to the list of Glenwood swimmers who have qualified for the state meet, both putting up impressive times at the Jefferson County Invitational in Lakewood.Noone qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke by recording a time of 1:14.05, a time that beat the state qualifying mark by more than a second and earned her an 11th-place finish.Schaiberger qualified for state in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. The junior took 14th in the 200 free and 11th in the 500.”That’s why I love this meet – it seems like we always get some state qualifiers out of it,” said Glenwood head coach Michelle Brune.Senior Emily McDonald, who has already qualified for state in the 50 and 100 free, as well as the 100 butterfly, posted two second-place finishes in the meet. McDonald finished the 50 free in 25.08 and the 100 free in 54.03. Sophomore Sierra Grove, who also has qualified for state in the 50 and 100 free, also did well in the same events, taking seventh in the 50 with a 26.14-second mark and sixth in the 100 with a mark of 56.24 seconds.Diver Jessica Betts finished in 14th place with a score of 266.55 points.”That was fantastic,” Brune said of Betts’ total. “We are very proud of her for that.”The Demon 400 free relay team of Grove, Schaiberger, Cori Barnes and McDonald took fifth place with a time of 3:55.67. The 400 free relay team, like Glenwood’s 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams, also already have qualified for state.As a team, Glenwood, which is a Class 4A squad, took seventh place out of 21 teams, half of which were 5A teams, according to Brune. “I was pleasantly surprised (to finish that high),” Brune said. “With the small amount of swimmers we have this year, I am trying not to expect as high of team finishes as last year, but they are doing great.”The water Demons will host their first meet of the year on Saturday when Mullen and Montrose come to town. The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

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