GSHS places fourth at Grand Junction meet
At the 2015 Girls Relay Meet in Grand Junction, Saturday, the Glenwood Springs Demons swimming team finished fourth overall with 422 points.
In the meet, which was strictly relay events and no individual events, the Demons were shorthanded due to ACT testing, according to head coach Steve Vanderhoof.
“We were not in full force this past weekend as we were missing nine swimmers, including all of our more experienced girls,” Vanderhoof said. “Girls were absent due to ACT testing, a prior scheduled conflict for our Club swimming members and also due to injury. The missing girls included all four of our senior class members.”
Despite missing a majority of their experienced swimmers, the Demons held strong, finishing ahead of Montrose, Gunnison, Montezuma-Cortez, Summit, Aspen and Palisade Central.
In the 200 Back/Breast Relay, Zoe Lyon, Clara Cappel, Kendall Mueller and Kaitlyn Vanderhoof finished in second place with a time of 2:23.57, just over eight seconds behind the Durango relay.
Kaitlyn Vanderhoof, Lily Maccachran, Kendall Knott and Lyon finished second in the 200 Fly Relay with a time of 2:13.99, just four seconds behind Aspen.
Carolin Spaar, Cappel, Maccachran and Vanderhoof turned in a second place finish in the 200 Breast Relay with a time of 2:37.83, just over one second behind Grand Junction in a close race.
In the 400 Free Relay, Knott, Lyon, Mueller and Mae Lang Burns finished third with a time of 4:28.41, just behind Montrose and Fruita Monument.
With a strong showing at the relay meet, the Demons look to build off of the fourth place showing by defending their win in Montrose.
“I do expect all 30 girls this next weekend in Montrose,” Vanderhoof said. “It should be a lot of fun. We won this meet last year and we will return trying to defend.”
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