McDonald paces Barracudas at meet Junction meet |

McDonald paces Barracudas at meet Junction meet

GRAND JUNCTION ” Emily McDonald continues to mow down her competition in the water.

The Glenwood Springs High School sophomore-to-be completed the four-day Grand Junction Dolphin Invitational swim meet at Lincoln Park Moyer Pool with two first-place marks in the 28-team event, which included many of Colorado’s top club teams.

McDonald, 15, earned both her gold medals in the freestyle swims. Entering the championship final of the senior (15 and above) girls 50-meter free with the second-best overall preliminary time in the event, McDonald clocked in at 28.22 seconds.

Later, in the 100-meter freestyle, McDonald, with a 1 minute, 1.14 second time, beat Natasha Menezes by five-tenths of a second. Swimming in the 200-meter free consolations, McDonald finished in 10th place.

Alina Roberts (see related story), also competing in the Senior Girls division, took sixth in the 50 free championship final, coming in a 28.88 and earned seventh-place in the 100-meter backstroke.

Roberts’ younger sister, Keely, 11, finished ninth in the girls 11-12 50-meter breaststroke and advanced to the consolation finals in the 50-meter back and 100-meter breastroke.

Keevyn Scholl, competing in the qualifying and non qualifying meets, had second-place swims in the girls 10 and under 200-meter free and individual medley non qualifier and a sixth-place mark in the 100-meter breaststroke.

In the girls 8 and-under non-qualifying meet, Lily Thorsen, won the 200-meter individual medley in 4:14.37 and two second-place swims.

The Barracudas will travel to the Bill Huddles Recreation Center pool in Delta for a meet on July 3-4.

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