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Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonGlenwood's Emily McDonald swims the 100 yard butterfly in Friday's meet. McDonald came in first with a time of 1 minute, 1.7 seconds.

One meet into its history, the Glenwood Community Center pool is detested by visiting swim teams.Not because of the facility. It’s due to the fact that Glenwood Springs High School’s swimmers have become better since moving into the city’s new aquatic center.

In their first home meet in the eight years the school has fielded a girls team, the Demons had six individual state qualifying marks at Friday’s four-team meet, along with a glut of lifetime-best swims.Glenwood also dominated Montrose, Montezuma-Cortez and Aspen, defeating all three squads in the dual scoring. Of the meet scores, Montrose came the closest to the Demons – a 174-117 defeat. Cortez fell 183-117. Aspen lost 184-64.”If this is any sort of foresight on how we’re going to do from now on in this pool, we’re definitely going to be good,” Glenwood sophomore Claire Noone said.That’s bad news for the rest of the Western Slope, with the regional championships scheduled this weekend in Montrose.Noone reaped the benefits of the team’s new indoor facility by setting new lifetime marks in two events.Setting the pace in the individual medley, Noone’s 2-minute, 29.48-second mark, slashed more than three seconds off her previous best in the event.A surprise to Noone, an infrequent competitor in the medley.”The (medley) was really fun, because that’s not my event at all,” she said. “It was my first race in the new pool, it was just amazing. To have people here and perform well … that was really fun.”

The one-two finish by Noone and runner-up Cori Barnes in the race was a prelude to an amazing day for the Demons.Officially, Glenwood won 10 of 12 events, but had one winner taken away when its medley relay team was disqualified.Noone was also involved in a thrilling sprint to the finish with teammate Lyndsey Snyder in the breaststroke, where both swimmers smashed their previous best times within state qualifying limits.”The 100 breast was amazing because Lyndsey and I – we usually don’t get to race next to each other. Either I’m not doing it or she’s not doing it,” Noone said.”When we’re together, we perform really well. Having her next to me, we both posted best times. It was just a really good race for both of us.”Snyder, who came within six one-hundredths of a second of qualifying for state in a 50 freestyle win, was equally excited about her breaststroke time.

home: see next pagehome: from previous page”When I visualized this race, I was going for a 1:12.81. That’s what I got last year at state,” said Snyder, who bettered the mark by hitting the wall in 1:12.56, ahead of Noone’s 1:13.31 finish.”That was the most incredible race I ever swam in,” the senior team captain said. “Claire is a good breaststroker. It pushed me that much harder. That was Claire’s personal best as well as mine.”The marks were so good it pushed Emily McDonald’s accomplishments at Friday’s meet to the background.McDonald coasted over her opponents in first-place swims in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.70) and 200 free (2:04.58). As a member of both free relay teams, the sophomore helped the Demons earn a season-best 3:57.03 mark in the 400 plus a 1:47.70 200 relay win.Glenwood’s other event-winners were: Allee Wine, Diving, 180.10 points; Jennifer Betts, 100 freestyle, 57.55; and Ali Schaiberger, 500 free, 5:56.05.Glenwood’s other event-winners were: Allee Wine, Diving, 180.10 points; Jennifer Betts, 100 freestyle, 57.55; and Ali Schaiberger, 500 free, 5:56.05.

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