Demons finish third at 3A WSL swim championships |

Demons finish third at 3A WSL swim championships

Staff Report

Competing at the boys Western Slope Championships Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University, the Glenwood Springs Demons boys swim team placed third overall behind Montrose and District 51.

“Overall, we swam very well with best times in almost all of our events,” Glenwood head coach Steve Vanderhoof said. “We were able to gain an additional state cut (Jonus Ortega, 100 breaststroke). The larger teams had too much depth for us to overcome anything higher than third place.”

At the meet, the Demons had one relay team take second place, while another relay team placed third.

In the 200 medley relay, Cole Petersen, Jonus Ortega, Phillip Hecksel and Zeb Thorsen placed second with a time of 1:46.14. In the 400 free relay, Ortega, Petersen, Hecksel and Thorsen finished third with a time of 3:33.40.

Individually, Hecksel finished third in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly, while Petersen finished third in the 500 freestyle. Ortega placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 50 freestyle, while Petersen finished fifth in the 200 individual medley.

With the regular season wrapped up, the Demons are focusing on the 4A state swim meet May 20 and 21 in Thornton, where Thorsen will compete in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Hecksel will compete in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Ortega will compete in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.

Peterson will compete in the 200 individual medley, as well as the 500 freestyle.

The Demons also have qualified all of their three relays for the state meet: 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay.


Capping off a terrific regular season in which they went 11-2 and won the 3A/2A Western Slope League, the Coal Ridge Titans girls soccer team now sets its sights on the 3A Colorado High School Activities Association’s state playoffs.

Following the seeding meeting, Sunday, in Denver, the Titans were awarded a No. 6 seed in the playoffs, giving them an opportunity to host a playoff game, Saturday, at “The Pasture” at 1 p.m. The Titans will host the winner of the No. 11 Lutheran, No. 22 Pagosa Springs matchup, which takes place Friday at 4 p.m. at Coal Ridge High School.

Lutheran closed the regular season with a 9-4-1 overall record, finishing sixth in the 3A Region 6 league standings. Pagosa Springs finished the regular season 10-4-1 overall, placing third in the 3A Region 5 league standings.

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