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Demons ride wave of momentum

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Emily McDonald swims the 100-yard butterfly in Glenwood's home meet earlier this season.
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Still riding the momentum of a fourth straight regional championship, the Glenwood Springs girls swim team takes its game to the state level today. Seven Demons swimmers are scheduled to line up for preliminary heats Friday in seven different events at the Class 4A state swimming meet at Mountain View High School in Loveland. At stake is a shot at making the eight-person medal round on Saturday.That’s not an easy task, according to Jennifer Betts, who qualified in four events.

“The state meet is so intense (compared to) any other meet,” she said. “You have so much pressure because you see all those fast swimmers you’re going against.”But when it comes to fast swimmers, Glenwood has some threats.Emily McDonald, according to pre-meet time sheets from the Colorado High School Activities Association Web site, has the second-fastest 4A 100 and 200-yard individual freestyle times in Class 4A.McDonald’s 1-minute, 57.51-second 200 free mark is about 1.5 seconds behind the time of event leader Stephanie McNicol, of Regis.

McDonald’s margin behind current 4A 100 free leader Laura Wright, from Skyline, is even tighter: McDonald swam a 53.61 at the Jeffco Invitational. Wright timed in at 52.27.Betts is also part of the initial field of 100 free swimmers.”Getting into the consolations or finals would make my junior year of swimming,” Betts said. “I’ve been trying to make (it to the second day) since my freshman year.”Betts and McDonald will also compete in two relays.

The two pair up with Lyndsey Snyder and Stacey Miller for the 400-yard free relay. Snyder, scheduled to swim individually in the 100 breast stroke, also competes as a member of the 200 free relay team.Molly Jankovsky, the fourth member of the 200 relay squad, is slated to compete in the medley relay as well.The rest of the Demons contingent includes Claire Noone, a qualifier in the medley relay and breast stroke, and Ali Schaiberger, who also pairs up with Noone for the medley relay.The 16 fastest times from each of Friday’s prelims advance to Saturday’s round. Preliminary action in the swim events starts at 4 p.m. Friday. The swim finals are scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.The 16 fastest times from each of Friday’s prelims advance to Saturday’s round. Preliminary action in the swim events starts at 4 p.m. Friday. The swim finals are scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.


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