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Lots of wins in Demons’ second-place finish

Glenwood Springs High School's Kristen Davis swims the last lap of the 200-yard individual medley at the Demon Invitational on Saturday at the Glenwood Community Center pool.
Colleen O’Neil / Post Independent |

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Steve Vanderhoof considered all aspects of the performance of Glenwood Springs High School’s girl swimming team during the six-team Demon Invitational meet on Saturday. Not one of them was negative.

“This was the biggest meet that we’ve been to so far this season,” the first-year coach of the Demons said. “Some of our girls swam in a club meet this past weekend, so they were a little tired. But with the way they swam, it sure didn’t affect them.”

The Demons would up with a second-place finish in their own meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool, finishing just 43 points away from first-place Durango. Regardless, Glenwood still had five first-place individual finishes — seven event victories overall — to accompany several other top-five finishes that helped the Demons to their overall team finish.

“Some of the freshman girls who competed, the ones who are up-and-coming swimmers, did really well,” the Glenwood coach said. “It showed that we have depth.”

Overall, Durango finished with 352 team points, with Glenwood finishing second with 309 and Gunnison a distant third with 247. Durango, however, scored 41 points when it took the first three places in the 1-meter diving event, then gained another two points when Aspen’s 400-yard freestyle relay team was disqualified after its second-place finish, allowing Durango to move up from its third-place spot and score two more team points. Glenwood does not have any divers.

Still, that didn’t take away from the accomplishments for the Glenwood swimmers on Saturday.

Two Glenwood swimmers — Jessica Tuttle and Kendall Vanderhoof — won two individual events. Tuttle claimed victory in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 32.38 seconds), winning the event by almost 16 seconds, and the 100 butterfly in 1:01.15. Kendall Vanderhoof claimed a lopsided win in the 100 freestyle (54.43), beating second-place Kennedy Quist of Aspen (55.81) by more than a second. She also won the 200 freestyle in 2:01.15, with Quist also finishing second in that event (2:03.57).

Senior Hannah Peterson, who along with Elana Neiley, Mykala Axtel and Megda Gozemiz was among the seniors on the team who were recognized at the meet, won the 50 freestyle in 26.39 and was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.49.

Glenwood won two of the three relay events in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and finished third in the 200 medley relay. Also placing high in the meet individually were Kristen Davis (second place 200 individual medley in 2:35.37, fifth place 500 free), Zoe Lyon (fourth place, 100 backstroke), Hannah Stinson (fifth place, 100 freestyle), and Lily MacCachran (fifth place, 100 butterfly).

The Demons are off until Feb. 6 and 7 when they compete in the Western Slope Championships at the El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction. The Demons last won the regional swim meet two years ago when they rallied in the final events to eclipse Durango by a single point.

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