Glenwood Lady Demons swimmers place third at 3A state meet

Diver Libby Claassen, Amelie Ogilby in 500 free, two Glenwood relays take bronze

Glenwood Springs senior Kylee Smith, center, anchors the Demons’ third-place 400-yard freestyle relay at the girls 3A state meet in Denver Tuesday.

It took an extra three days for the Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team to have their day in the state championship waters due to weather delays, but the Demons didn’t lose a stroke.

The third day of the state swimming and diving championships was supposed to be Saturday, following the 4A and 5A meets last Thursday and Friday. But the weekend snowstorm that shut down much of the Front Range pushed the 3A division to Tuesday.

Three seemed to be the theme of the day for Glenwood, which placed third overall in the team competition out of a field of 29 teams.

That’s right where the Demons were ranked coming in to the state finals, held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Denver.

“We were hoping to edge out Aspen, but they had some superior swims today,” Glenwood head coach Steve Vanderhoof said of the Western Slope League rivals, whose number the Demons had all season during their undefeated regular-season run.

Winning the 3A team title was Evergreen with 360 points, followed by Aspen with 273, Glenwood Springs with 254 and Holy Family with 219.5.

“The girls swam very well, and most of them had their best times of the season,” Vanderhoof said. “We’re very proud of our state seniors, Libby (Claassen), Abby (Scruton), Kylee (Smith) and Sophia (Moon).”

Taking the bronze in the 1-meter diving event was Claassen with 420.7 points, her best this season, while teammate Scruton was fourth with 418.05 points.

Two of Glenwood’s relay teams also took third, including the 200-yard medley of Smith, plus freshman Amelie Ogilby, junior Amy Madsen and sophomore Anna Thornton, with a season-best time of 1:51.92.

Winning the event was Aspen’s team of Lilly Huggard, Emily Kinney, Kayla Tehrani and Bennett Jones, with a time of 1:49.76.

Glenwood’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Amy Madsen, Kylee Smith, Amelie Ogilby and Ellie MacPherson, with their team coaches.

Also taking third for the Demons was the 400 freestyle relay of Madsen, Smith, Ogilby and junior Ellie MacPherson, again with a season-best time of 3:44.21.

Individually, Ogilby claimed the Demons’ other third-place finish on the day in the 500 freestyle, with a season-best time of 5:09.47; and Smith took fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:58.51) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (58.89).

3A State Girls Swim and Dive Championships, Glenwood Results

1 meter diving

3rd: Libby Claassen, 420.70

4th: Abby Scruton, 418.05

200 medley relay

3rd: Amelie Ogilby, Amy Madsen, Kylee Smith, Anna Thornton, 1:51.92

400 freestyle relay

3rd: Amy Madsen, Amelie Ogilby, Ellie MacPherson, Kylee Smith, 3:44.21

200 freestyle

4th: Kylee Smith, 1:58.51

5th: Amelie Ogilby, 1:58.64

500 freestyle

3rd: Amelie Ogilby, 5:09.47

18th: Sophie Price, 5:51.57

20th: Anna Moon, 6:01.29

100 butterfly

5th: Kylee Smith, 58.89

50 freestyle

13th: Anna Thornton, 26.03

100 freestyle

9th: Amy Madsen, 56.57

200 freestyle relay

12th: Anna Thornton, Adelyn Newton, Ellie MacPherson, Sophia Moon, 1:47.73

100 breaststroke

16th: (tie) Adelyn Newton and Sophia Moon, 1:14.46

“It was a great ending to a very challenging season, and we’re looking forward to next year,” Vanderhoof said.

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