Demons overcome adversity to win regional title
MONTROSE – Pain and fear, apparently, are strong motivators.Glenwood Springs turned what are normally negative factors to rally themselves to win its fourth straight Western regional girls swim title in as many seasons Saturday.The Demons withstood a fierce challenge from Gunnison to win the team title by seven points, 227-220, by taking first and sixth-place in the 400-yard freestyle relay – the final event of the meet.”It was incredible,” said senior Lyndsey Snyder of the team’s comeback. It also figured, that the senior captain, who was a member of the winning relay was part of the Demons’ walking wounded.”I’ve been swimming with a broken collarbone since Christmas break,” Snyder admitted. That didn’t hinder her performance in the water. Teaming up with Jennifer Betts, Cori Barnes and Emily McDonald, the Demons’ No. 1 relay team clocked an event-best 3 minutes, 51.25 seconds mark.”That was the best race of my life,” Snyder said. The time, combined with Glenwood’s No. 2 team squad’s time of 4:08.13, along with Montrose’s overcoming Gunnison in a sprint for third place, erased a 19-point deficit the Demons took into the event.McDonald, the 100-yard butterfly winner, said Saturday’s finals wasn’t about individual efforts. Rather, the goal was all team-oriented.”We all wanted to win this meet so bad,” she said.Jessica Betts and Shanell Squires used that goal to gut themselves through the dive competition. Betts took fourth place, despite competing on a horribly-swollen big right toe, broken in three places.”I broke (the toe) Friday in P.E. class,” she said. “It hurt, but, there was no way I wasn’t going to dive today.” Squires felt the same way.Now that her season’s over, due to not qualifying for next week’s Class 4A state meet, Squires will have surgery on a shoulder that’s bothered the Rifle High School freshman all year.Allee Wine, who said this will be her last year of diving, scored 334.65 points to earn second place.Jennifer Betts had Glenwood’s other first-place mark – a 57.65 time in a sprint to the wall finish with Durango’s Katie Thompson in the 100-yard free style. Thompson concluded the race six one-hundreths of a second back of the Demon junior.As important as those places were, the Demons needed has many team points as they could amass to win.Younger, lesser-known swimmers Ali Schaiberger, Claire Noone, Stacey Miller and Emily Miskiewicz filled the need by adding to Glenwood’s point total at crucial times.Schaiberger kept the Demons in first at the midway point of the meet by taking sixth place in the 500 free. Noone’s 1:15.27 third-place mark in the 100 breast set up the 400 free relay team’s dramatics.Miller contributed to Glenwood’s coffers as a member of both sixth-place B relay teams, plus a ninth-place mark in the 100 free. Miskiewicz, a freshman breastroaker, added a couple on much-needed points by finishing 11th.Miller contributed to Glenwood’s coffers as a member of both sixth-place B relay teams, plus a ninth-place mark in the 100 free. Miskiewicz, a freshman breastroaker, added a couple on much-needed points by finishing 11th.
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The 40th annual Demon Invitational track and field meet takes place Saturday, May 15 at Stubler Memorial Field.