Demons swimming places ninth at state
The Glenwood Springs Demons swim team turned in a strong showing this past weekend at the 4A CHSAA state swimming and diving championships, finishing ninth overall out of 48 teams.
The Demons scored 107 points as a team, which was led by seniors Jessica Tuttle and Kendall Vanderhoof, along with junior Lauren Fetzko.
Competing in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, Vanderhoof turned in good times in Friday’s preliminary round to qualify for the championship finals in her two events. The senior then went on to place fifth overall in both events to lead the way for Glenwood.
Also competing in the 200 freestyle, Fetzko joined Vanderhoof in the championship finals, placing seventh overall. Fetzko also made it back to the consolation finals in the 100 breaststroke where she would finish 13th overall.
Just weeks after committing to swim at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Tuttle won the consolation finals of the 200 individual medley, placing ninth overall. The senior would later add an 11th-place finish in the 100 fly.
Senior Hannah Stinson joined Vanderhoof, Fetzko and Tuttle in the finals of the 400 freestyle relay as the relay finished sixth overall with a season-best time of 3:39.91.
In other scoring events for the Demons, talented freshman Sarah Dipangrazio placed 13th overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.12. Dipangrazio joined Tuttle, Vanderhoof and Fetzko and won the consolation finals, placing 9th overall in the 200 medley relay with a season-best time of 1:51.37.
According to head coach Steve Vanderhoof, 2015-16 was the first swim season in more than four years that Glenwood had been able to qualify anyone for to the championship finals, let alone three individual events and a relay. This was also Glenwood’s best performance at the state swim meet since 2006 when Glenwood placed fifth place and scored 117 points. During that 2005-06 season, the Demons were led by then Senior Emily McDonald, who won both the 50 and 100 freestyle. McDonald went on to swim collegiately at Middlebury College. Tuttle and Vanderhoof will also go on to compete at the college level with Vanderhoof going to Kenyon College and Tuttle to the Air Force Academy. Senior Hannah Stinson is yet decided on her college but also plans on swimming.
Heading into the 2016-17 season, Glenwood will join a newly formed 3A Division, which will enable the Lady Demons to compete with schools of its own size, according to Vanderhoof.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.