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Glenwood ready for swim finals

A new week. A new challenge.

That’s how the Glenwood Springs girls swim and dive teams look at this weekend’s Class 4A state girls high school swimming championship meet.

And, Glenwood, fresh off earning their second straight Western Regional title last weekend in Durango is ready to test their collective skills against the rest of Colorado.

Heading into the two-day meet, which begins Friday at Mountain View High School in Loveland, the Demons are the No. 5 ranked 4A girls swim team in the state, according to the latest Rocky Mountain News poll.

Glenwood is expected to field at least one state qualifier in 10 of the 12 scheduled events. The team includes seven swimmers and three divers.

Good marks at Friday’s preliminaries could put the Demons in line for a fistful of state medals.

According to the psych sheets on the meet, provided by the Colorado High School Athletic Association’s Web site, Glenwood sophomore Rachel Rey has the 7th best 100-yard freestyle time of all 4A swimmers.

Her 55.88-second time in the event is one second behind current leader Sara Sullivan of Longmont High, and within tenths of a second of the other five competitors above her in time.

Ray also qualified in the 200-yard freestyle, and will swim a leg on the Demons 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

Aspen High School student Alina Roberts, who will also see action in the freestyle relays, is among the top 10 swimmers in the 100-yard backstroke.

Roberts, who swims with Glenwood because Aspen does not field a girls swim team, has posted a time of 1 minute, 3.01 seconds in the backstroke. In the 100-yard backstroke event, Roberts will face challenges from last year’s state champ, Kristen Lahey of Denver Mullen, and four other Front Range swimmers.

All three Demons divers match up well against their competition.

Senior Amy Ackerman amassed 433.10 points in 11 dives for the Western Region championship. Teammates Kelly Hauskins and Celeste Cashel, both juniors, finished second and third, respectively.

Ackerman finished fifth at last year’s state meet, Hauskins was eighth.

They will be challenged for medals by Christie Kofford of Colorado Springs Pine Creek, Fountain Valley senior Abbey Krall and two Mullen divers, Maggie Stapp and Mauli Slater.

Other Demon swimmers who qualified for state in two individual events are junior Michelle McReynolds in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, freshman Jennifer Betts, who will compete in the 100- and 500-yard freestyle and Rifle High sophomore Lindsay Snyder in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Additional Glenwood individual event qualifiers include junior Audrey Schaiberger in the butterfly and Tess Jankovsky in the 100-yard freestyle.

Preliminaries in all swimming events are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday. The diving prelims, along with the swim semifinals, begin at noon on Saturday, concluding with the dive and swim finals at 5 p.m.

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