Glenwood Springs girls split double-dual meet |

Glenwood Springs girls split double-dual meet

Mike VidakovichPost Independent CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The frigid air outside was of little concern to the Glenwood High School girls swimming and diving team on Saturday morning as they recorded some sizzling times, indoors, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool.Teams from Aspen and Moffat County joined the Demons in the three-team, double-dual meet format in which teams compete for points against a single opponent rather than the entire field.Glenwood earned a split for its day’s work by defeating Moffat County 594-379 and then dropping a close decision to a tough Aspen squad 617-590.Demon head coach Michelle Brune was very pleased with how her charges fared.”Definitely happy with how the team performed,” said Brune. “We had some really fast times, and several kids qualified for state.”One of those state qualifiers is junior Sierra Grove, who is actually a student at Coal Ridge High School but competes for Glenwood because her school doesn’t have a swim team.Grove won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Her time of 54.66 seconds in the 100 was just a shade off of her personal best of 54.6, which was recorded at last year’s state meet. Grove is confident she can eclipse that mark in the weeks leading up to this year’s state meet, which will be held in Fort Collins Feb. 15-16.”I think I can do it,” said Grove, who makes the drive upvalley each day to attend the Demon’s 5:30 a.m. practices. “We’ll all just keep practicing hard like we have been and working on our breathing techniques. Hopefully, I’ll lower my time.”Senior Ali Schaiberger will also be making the trip to Fort Collins, as she won the 200 freestyle and qualified for state by winning the 500 free with a time of 5:49.07.”Everyone swam well today. Most of the girls recorded some of their best times,” said Schaiberger.The highlight of the meet may have come from Glenwood’s Keevyn Scholl. The precocious freshman not only won the 100 breaststroke, but also qualified for state with her 1:14.71 clocking.The diving portion of the meet saw Demon Jessica Betts take second in the one meter springboard event. Teammate Bryann Milhorn came in sixth in the same event.The Demons will take to the road next weekend for a Friday meet in Gunnison, followed by a trip to Montrose next Saturday. The final home meet of the season is scheduled for Feb. 2 when Glenwood plays host to Grand Junction, Durango and Palisade at the community center pool.

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