Demons dominate the pool at CMU

Staff Report
Glenwood's Austin Hawkins (right) and James McMahon (left) compete in the 100 Butterfly in Saturday’s Pentathlon at Colorado Mesa University. (PROVIDED)

Last weekend the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team visited the Colorado Mesa University pool in Grand Junction to capture a second-place finish in Friday’s competition.

On Saturday, the Glenwood boys team out-swam all other teams in the league’s inaugural pentathlon. Glenwood placed four boys out of the top 10 finishers, more than its competitors.

The Demons are now preparing for the West Slope championship meet, May 11-12.

On Friday, Glenwood (70) finished 16 team-points behind District 51 (86) for second place.

In relay events, the relay team of James McMahon, Cole Petersen, Connor Somers and Jonus Ortega placed third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:49.63, while Austin Hawkins, Everett Olsen, Somers and Ortega placed second in the 200 free relay with a season-best time of 1:37.64.

In the 400 free relay, the team of Hawkins, McMahon, Ortega and Petersen placed third with a time of 3:47.47.

Individually, the Demons were led by Somers, who placed first in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Peterson placed first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.35 and second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.78.

Ortega placed first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:09.69 before placing second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.63.

Olsen turned in a third-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:21.84, while McMahon turned in a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly and a state-qualifying time of 1:02.93 in the 100 backstroke, good for second place.

Hawkins turned in fifth-place finishes for the Demons in the 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley, while Shea Newton and Ethan Pyke placed fifth and third, respectively, in the 100 backstroke and the 200 freestyle.

On Saturday, in the league’s inaugural pentathlon competition, varsity swimmers competed in 100 yards of each stroke followed by a 200 individual medley (IM), while the junior varsity swimmers competed in 50-yard races of each stroke and a 100 IM.

In the varsity competition, Glenwood outpaced all teams with four swimmers finishing in the top 10. Montrose and D51 tied with three swimmers in the top 10. Glenwood was led by Petersen, who finished third overall, while Ortega finished in fifth place.

Somers (eighth) and Hawkins (10th) rounded out the top 10 for Glenwood on the day.

In the junior varsity competition, Glenwood also dominated with freshman Shae Newton, who took first-place overall with fellow freshman Aaron Rushlow finishing second overall.

The Demons return to the Colorado Mesa Pool for the conference championships in two weeks (May 11 and 12).

The State 4A Championships will be held May 19 and 20 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Glenwood coach Steve Vanderhoof is anticipating a few more qualifying races to add to the current qualified swimmers. At this time Vanderhoof said that Glenwood has qualified all three of its relays, as well as multiple events for Petersen, Somers, Olsen and Ortega.

McMahon and Hawkins currently have qualified for one event each.

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