GSHS swim team remains undefeated headed into March 5-6 conference finals
Several Demon swimmers atop 3A state rankings
The Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team won a pair of home meets late last week to remain undefeated, and should be well-represented in the upcoming 3A state championships.
At 5-0 on the COVID-shortened season, the Lady Demons also look to be the favorites headed into the 3A/4A Western Slope Conference championships the weekend of March 5-6.
The location and times for the conference meet are still to be determined, but the altered season has meant a lot of time in the home pool for the Demons.
Glenwood concluded a four-meet home stand at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Pool last Thursday and Friday, defeating a host of conference opponents over the two-day stretch.
On Thursday, it was Glenwood prevailing with 308 points over Fruita Monument (196), Grand Junction (185), Aspen (138), Moffat County (69) and Delta (66).
The Demons remained strong through the Friday competition, winning again with 347 points over Grand Junction (237), Summit (182) and Aspen (166).
The respective evenings saw numerous Glenwood swimmers and divers place in the top three of their events, while the Demons won four relays.
On Thursday, Glenwood’s 400-yard relay team of Amy Madsen, Ellie Macpherson, Amelie Ogilby and Kylee Smith won in 3:48.71 seconds, outswimming Grand Junction by 2 seconds.
Friday’s relays had the Demons on top in the 200-yard medley (Ogilby, Madsen, Smith and Anna Thornton) in 1:57.08; the 200 freestyle relay (Madsen, Ogilby, Macpherson, Smith) in 1:45.81; and the 400 freestyle relay (Macpherson, Zoe Boston, Sophie Price and Sophia Moon) in 4:06.79.
Currently, Glenwood’s 200 and 400 freestyle relays are ranked No. 1 among 3A teams in Colorado, and the 200 medley relay is ranked No. 2 behind Aspen.
Individual event winners during the two-day stretch included: Amelie Ogilby (200 and 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke); Abby Scruton and Libby Claassen (1 meter diving); Kylee Smith (100 and 200 freestyle).
In the 3A state rankings, Ogilby, a freshman, is ranked first in the 500 freestyle and second in the 200 freestyle; Smith, a senior, is ranked third in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly; and Madsen, a junior, is ranked fourth in the 100 freestyle.
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