Glenwood swimmers want in on top 10 |

Glenwood swimmers want in on top 10

If the Glenwood Springs girls swim team ever wanted to finish in the top 10 at the Class 4A state swimming championship, this would be the year to do it.

Eight different Demons will appear in the meet, seven of whom will be competing in more than one event and seven of the meet’s 13 events feature at least one Glenwood swimmer.

The Demons finished 16 as a team at state last year, but first-year head coach Michelle Brune thinks they can move up in the rankings this year.

“I don’t think they have placed very high in the past, and I’d like to see them do it. I’m not expecting them to win, but maybe finish in the top 10,” Brune said. “They are ready and they have raced well all season. I think they are feeling a little nervous.”

Leading the Demons into battle will be junior Emily MacDonald who has posted the fastest times in the 50-yard free style (24.70) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.10).

“At this point, I would like to see her stay on top in both. I think she has a really good chance in the 50 and a pretty good chance in the 100,” Brune said. “She is just so competitive. If she has anyone next to her, she will give up everything to beat them.”

MacDonald would be happy to finish the meet with a medal around her neck, but there is an additional goal she is aiming for.

“What she would like, and what I would like to see, is for her to break some state records,” Brune said. “I know that is one of her goals.”

MacDonald will also be swimming on two of Glenwood’s three relay teams in the event, the 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Joining her on the 200 free team will be seniors Jennifer Betts and Molly Jankovsky, as well as Sierra Groove, the only freshman from Glenwood to make the meet. The team has posted the fifth-fastest time in the state this season with a time of 1:43.96.

MacDonald, Betts, Groove and senior Stacey Miller complete the 400 free squad that recorded a time of 3:48.96 this season for the sixth-fastest time in Colorado.

“I definitely think they can finish in the top 10 ” maybe even better,” Brune said.

Miller, juniors Claire Noone and Cori Barnes, along with sophomore Ali Schaiberger, make up Glenwood’s 200-yard medley relay team to round out the state Demon relay teams.

Groove and Betts will also be competing in the 50-yard freestyle event, where they are ranked 11th and 16th respectively, and 100-yard freestyle, where they are ranked eighth and 12th respectively.

Schaiberger will be participating in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events as the Demons’ long-distance swimmer. Noone, the team’s lone breaststroke representative, will swim in the 100-yard breaststroke for Glenwood.

Prelims for the state meet begin at 9 a.m. Friday. There are 12 swimming events that range from 21-48 teams or individuals. The top 16 in each event will qualify for Saturday’s final round starting at 3 p.m.

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