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Demons warm up to facilities

Phil Sandoval

Practices will still be demanding, but competative swimming will become a lot more pleasurable for Glenwood Springs High athletes this season.

With the Community Center’s indoor pool scheduled to open in December, Demons athletes can practice in normal workout attire, rather than cold-weather wetsuits they were forced to wear at the outdoor Hot Springs pool in the past.

“It’s really exciting,” said second-year coach Theresa Mattingly. “The new pool will be equipped with proper equipment.”

And the move indoors also allows the coach to watch and instruct her swimmers.

“We’ll be able to help them now,” Mattingly said. “At the Hot Springs, the coaches couldn’t see through the steam and it would be dark by the end of practice.”

What Mattingly will see at practice is a host of young veterans who hope to repeat honors as Western Regional team champ and a top-three team finish at the Class 4A state meet in February.

Last year, the Demons bested Montrose in the Western Regional meet and placed third at the state meet in Loveland with 151 points.

“We have the talent and drive to be competitive,” Mattingly said. “We have some very strong young swimmers who need to step up to the plate for the seniors we lost.”

Among those to whom Mattingly is looking for leadership is sophomore Emily McDonald.

“Emily will be the swimmer to look out for at state this year,” the coach said. “She’s versatile, can swim any event, and we can use her anywhere.”

In her first year of high school swimming, McDonald was the 4A 100- and 200-meter freestyle runner-up.

If Mattingly opts to use her in those events, McDonald will face familiar rivals in both. In the 100, 4A event recordholder and the 2003-04 state champ Laura Wright awaits. Last year, Wright swam in at 51.33 seconds to McDonald’s 53.41.

The Demon swimmer has the fastest 200 free time ” 1 minute, 56.12 seconds ” among Colorado’s 4A top returnees. Challengers include La Junta’s Ann Di Dominico (1:57.83, third at state) and Anna Marie Novinger of Niwot, who finished fourth in 1:58.23.

Additional returning individual event state qualifiers to this year’s squad include junior Jennifer Betts in the freestyle and free relays, sophomore breaststroke swimmer Claire Noone and junior diver Allie Wine.

Additional help comes from juniors Stacey Miller and Molly Jankovsky along with freshman Ali Scheiburger.

Four Rifle High School students, led by returning senior letterman Lyndsey Snyder, are part of the current 23 swimmers on the Demons roster.

The Demons are slated to open the 2004-05 season with a dual meet at Montrose on Dec. 3, then compete the following day in the Western Slope relays at the Orchard Mesa Municipal Pool in Grand Junction.


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