Demons win home meet to kick-start regular season
The Glenwood Lady Demons swim team opened up its 2016-2017 season with a splash, winning its home meet Friday against Durango, Gunnison and Fruita with a team score of 773 points.
The Demons took control early by winning the first three events of the evening as Macy Stinson, Kaitlyn Vanderhoof, Lauren Jean Fetzko, and Kristen Davis led the night off by winning the 200 Medley Relay in a 3A state qualifying time of 2:00.62.
In the second event of the night sophomore Sarah Dipangrazio handily won the 200-yard freestyle in a state qualifying time of 2:04.10, while Fetzko took the lead in the butterfly portion of the 200 Individual Medley and never looked back. Fetzko finished the race just ahead of her nearest competitor and teammate Kristin Davis. Both girls achieved state qualifying times of 2:14.68 and 2:26.39 respectively.
The Lady Demons continued to dominate the evening by winning all but two of the remaining eight swimming events. Fetzko and Sarah Dipangrazio finished first and second in the 100 Butterfly, both achieving their second consecutive state qualifying time.
Stinson was not about to be out done by her two teammates though as she swam to victories in the 100 Backstroke and the 100 Freestyle, equaling Fetzko and Dipangrazio with her own two state qualifying times.
In other outstanding performances, Vanderhoof won the 100 Breaststroke and placed third in the 50 freestyle. Junior Zoe Lyon had outstanding swims and placed third in the 100 Freestyle and fourth in a competitive 100-yard Back Stroke race, while still achieving another state qualifying time in that event. In the distance event of the night, Davis swam away from her competition with a first place finish and another state time of 5:44.42.
The Lady Demons continued their run on early season state qualifying swims in the 200 Freestyle relay (Vanderhoof, Lyon, Mae Lang Burns, Dipangrazio) and the 400 Freestyle relay (Fetzko, Davis, Dipangrazio, Stinson) placing second and first in those events.
Glenwood Head Coach Steve Vanderhoof was very impressed with the entire team’s performance, stating that he was very proud of the entire team.
“We have a very large team this year with a record 43 girls swimming, Vanderhoof said. “I am so proud of the new swimmers and their drive to improve. Our experienced girls have really helped in supporting their teammates while still focusing on their own goals.”
Vanderhoof did say he was also excited about the number of early state qualifying times and believes that the lady demons will put up a very strong defense of their conference title from a year ago.
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