Glenwood takes to the lap lanes |

Glenwood takes to the lap lanes

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. It was one of the most memorable seasons in Glenwood Springs High School’s history.The girls swim team took fifth at the Class 4A state championships, and junior Emily McDonald won Glenwood’s first-ever individual swim titles, taking home gold medals in the 50 and 100 free.Despite a smaller squad this year – 13 swimmers instead of 18 – Glenwood’s back in the pool and ready to prove they are still one of the best in state.Four individual state qualifiers are back on the squad this year in McDonald, who qualified as a High School All-American with her time of 52.21 in the 100 freestyle at state; Claire Noone, who made state in the 100 breaststroke; Sierra Grove, who qualified in the 50 and 100 free as a freshman last year; and junior Ali Schaiberger, who qualified in the 200 and 500 free. Second-year head coach Michelle Brune is hoping all four can repeat with state appearances this year, especially her youngest qualifiers.

“I am expecting a lot from Sierra. She is such a hard worker and if anyone could push themselves to do more, it’s her,” Brune said. “And I think Ali has got a great chance at state as well.”The offseason hit the Demons hard, as they graduated eight swimmers. However, this years’ returning swimmers were also busy during the offseason, with most swimming for the Sopris Barracudas under well-respected coach Howard Jay. When it came time for the Demons to get in the water for practice in November, they were ready.”Everyone is looking good and working hard,” Brune said. “Everyone had a good summer season.”Right now, Glenwood is focusing on conditioning and building up muscles. When that part of training is accomplished, the swimmers can start focusing on getting back to state.”We are building up our base and getting strong again,” McDonald said. “Then after we get that strength we can start working on speed.”

McDonald and Noone, both Colorado Rocky Mountain School seniors, will be the captains of the 2006-07 team. While Brune expects leadership and quick times from her captains, she will also be looking for other swimmers to step up.”Kerry Rippy, our breaststroker – she was one or two seconds off from a state-qualifying time last year, so I am hoping she’ll get it this year,” she said.While the Demons will be young, an upperclassmen transfer will be joining the squad and lending some additional experience. Morgan Wynck, another freestyler who swam for Fruita High School last season, moved to Vail this year and is making the commute to swim for Glenwood. Three divers will be competing for Glenwood this year, lead by returners Jessica Betts and Kelly Geyer.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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