Glenwood swimmers 2nd in regional meet
GRAND JUNCTION — Glenwood Springs High School’s girls swimming team on Saturday got almost everything it wanted. Almost, that is.
The Demons earned a pair of regional swim titles at the Western Slope Championships meet at the El Pomar Natatorium, but the Durango Demons proved to have too much depth and walked away with the team championship ahead of second-place Glenwood.
“Our girls swam really, really well,” first-year Glenwood coach Steve Vanderhoof said on Saturday night. “The difference for Durango was that they had depth.”
Durango, as a result, came away with its second consecutive regional team title and would have won three if Glenwood hadn’t won the thing two years ago. Regardless, Durango’s win was a convincing one — it had a first-place total of 370 to beat Glenwood (295), Montrose (287) and Grand Junction (257).
Still the Demons managed eight Top 3 finishes, including a regional title from Jessica Tuttle in the 500-yard freestyle (winning in 5:16.01) and Glenwood’s tie for first in the 200 freestyle relay with Aspen.
That’s right. A tie. Glenwood’s team of Hannah Peterson, Hannah Stinson, Tuttle and Kendall Vanderhoof tied Aspen in 1:42.45. What’s more, Kendall Vanderhoof, the anchor leg of the relay, was 15 yards behind Aspen anchor Hannah Freeman before Vanderhoof caught her just in time.
“That was the most exciting race of the day,” coach Vanderhoof said.
Kendall Vanderhoof also finished third in the 200 free (1:54.56) and second in the 100 free (53.97). Tuttle was one of three Glenwood swimmers who breached the Top 8 in the 500 free, including Stinson (fifth, 5:44.01) and Kristen Davis (seventh, 5:55.53). Making a state cut for the first time Saturday in the 100 backstroke was Zoe Lyon, who was eighth in 1:07.00.
In all, the Demons will have five individuals who have each qualified for the state meet in two events. The Class 4A State Championships takes place Friday and Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.
“I’m very happy with how everyone did,” coach Vanderhoof said.
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