Demons win quad meet at home pool
To most observers, Glenwood Springs’ strong performance at Saturday’s girls swim meet was impressive. What’s scary about the team’s win over Gunnison, Montezuma-Cortez and Delta County is the Demons feel they have yet to hit their peak this season.”In our minds, we always give 100 percent. But we really start having our best times once we start tapering just before regionals,” said senior Jennifer Betts.Competing with a lingering cold, Betts had a good day.In her final high school team home meet, the Demons senior swam a leg for both of Glenwood’s first-place freestyle relay teams, was the runner-up in the individual 50-yard free and took third in the 100 butterfly.
“I was OK in my first three races, but the last one was hard,” Betts said.Betts and her relay teammates – Stacey Miller (200 freestyle), Ali Schaiberger (400 free), Sierra Grove and Emily McDonald – failed to lower their seasonal-best marks Saturday. But their finishing times of 1 minute, 45.28 seconds in the 200 and 3:54.78 in the 400 were both below Class 4A state meet qualifying marks.Totaling 200 team points while besting runner-up Gunnison’s total of 143 by 57 points, the Demons had eight of the 14 state-qualifying times set at the quad meet.McDonald, who holds the fastest 50 freestyle time among 4A Colorado swimmers at 24.70, came in at 25.00. Later, the Colorado Rocky Mountain School junior won the 100 free by three-plus seconds over Delta County’s Karoline Fry by clocking a 1:02.62 time.
Schaiberger also won two individual events. The GSHS sophomore’s time of 2:11.24 was the best mark of a one-two-three Demons sweep of the 200 free, where Stacey Miller and Molly Jankovsky came in second and third place, respectively.Schaiberger, after a well-deserved rest, returned to the pool for the 500 freestyle and buzzed her way to a winning time of 5:51.31, well ahead of teammate Cori Barnes, who took second by edging Cortez’s Jessie Garbasi to the wall by four-tenths of a second.Senior Allie Wine had the high score of the diving competition, amassing a total of 178.75 combined points in six dives. Jessica Betts, who won last week at Grand Junction, was second with 149.75 points.
Three-year team veteran Claire Noone, a junior, and sophomore Kerry Rippy finished one-two in the 100-yard breaststroke. Winning the race in 1:14.65 felt good, Noone said, but she was happier about her teammate’s performance. “I am so happy for Kerry, I’ve seen her improve so quickly,” said Noone, who had a glance at her event-partner post a seasonal-best time of 1:18.16 while finishing second.”Kerry’s fun to swim with, and there’s not a lot of breaststrokers on the team, so we help and support each other out,” Noone added. And Noone agrees that the Demons have yet to hit their full potential.”We build up yardage (in the pool) until we taper, then we feel like we’re at our peak.”The Demons wrap up the regular season this Saturday at Delta, before taking aim at earning their fifth straight regional team championship Feb. 10-11 in Durango.
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