Glenwood swimmers gasp for title
Post Independent Staff
The Glenwood Springs girls swim team will dive into the post season Friday and Saturday in Durango, looking for back-to-back Western Slope Regional Championship titles.
After an impressive season, where the Demons have won six out of seven meets and have had five swimmers and three relay teams qualify for state, Glenwood Springs head coach Michelle Brune believes they have a good chance for a repeat.
“I am very confident that we can beat everyone,” Brune said. “Most of them (the other teams) we have already seen this season and beat. That one-point loss we had to Fruita was because we only had 10 swimmers.”
Glenwood (Class 4A) topped Gunnison 227-220 for last year’s WSL Championship and will look for another victory this year in the same field of 10 teams, four of which are 5A.
“If we beat them, it is pretty big because we beat 5A. I would like to see us win,” Brune said. “The one team I am worried about that we haven’t seen before is Montrose. They are the one wild card that I don’t know too much about.”
Emily MacDonald, a junior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, (three of Glenwood’s swimmers attend other schools and swim for Glenwood because their schools don’t have teams) tops the list of Demon state qualifiers as she has posted the fastest times in the state (in 4A or 5A) in the 50-yard freestyle (24.70) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.10).
Senior Jennifer Betts and Coal Ridge freshman Sierra Grove have also each qualified for state in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle and 50 and 200 freestyle respectively. CRMS junior Claire Noone has qualified for state in the 100-yard breast stroke and junior Ali Schaiberger has qualified in the 500-yard freestyle to round out Glenwood’s state swimmers.
Brune is hoping that more will be added to the list after this weekend’s meet and especially one in particular.
“Cori (Barnes) is a half second off making it in the 500 free so we will really be cheering for her,” Brune said.
Glenwood’s 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay teams made up of Betts, Grove, MacDonald and Schaiberger have both qualified for state along with the 200-yard medley relay team of Stacey Miller, Noone, Grove and MacDonald.
Although none of the divers on Glenwood have qualified for state, Jessica Betts, Allee Wine and Shanell Squires ” if she gets medical clearance ” will still have the opportunity this weekend and could give the Demons very important team points.
“If the divers do well, that could really help us out,” Brune said.
The meet will be very important to Jennifer Betts, Jacob Manon, Molly Jankovsky, Miller, Courtney Peterson, Squires, Wine and Andrea Zahrastnik ” the team’s eight seniors ” who will be swimming together for the last time.
“It’s been really great to have them,” Brune said. “They have provided a lot of leadership and we will be very sad to see them go.”
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