The Glenwood Springs girls swim team goes for its fourth consecutive regional crown starting today.The 10-team girls Western Slope Swimming and Diving Championships takes place at the Montrose Aquatic Center today through Saturday.Glenwood is paced by Emily McDonald, who has the third-fastest time in Class 4A this season in both the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle. She is also sixth in the state in the 100 butterfly. But McDonald has already qualified for the state meet in a number of events. Getting more swimmers qualified for the state meet is as important as claiming their fourth regional title, and regionals is the last chance. Order of finish is of no consequence in qualifying; swimmers need only break the qualifying mark in their events.Preliminary swims are 4:30 p.m. today. Top finishers in each event advance to the finals at 3 p.m. Saturday. Both the diving preliminaries and finals take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.Top hoops teams in actionHoopaholics seeking a fix have two Friday girls games with first place on the line to pick from.At 7 p.m., unbeatens Grand Valley and Hayden square off in Parachute. Both teams are 5-0 in Class 2A Western Slope League play. Earning the regular-season team title is important in the small-school WSL. Winning the league championship outright gives the team a guaranteed spot in the regional tournament, regardless of its finish in the district tournament.The boys game between the Cardinals and Tigers follows at 8:30 p.m.Also locally, the Rifle girls tip off against Moffat County at 7:30 p.m. Revenge will be on the Bears’ mind, after the Bulldogs handed Rifle its first league loss of the season, 66-58, last weekend in Craig. Moffat County enters the contest at 8-0 in the 4A Western Slope League (15-1 overall), while Rifle is 7-1 (14-2).The Bears boys hoops team travels to Craig for a 7:30 p.m. game at Moffat County High School.The rest of Friday’s 4A prep basketball schedule includes the Glenwood boys and girls at Steamboat Springs. In 3A games, Roaring Fork travels to Gunnison for league games, and Basalt plays a nonleague varsity doubleheader at Buena Vista.Saturday’s slate includes Glenwood hosting Moffat County, with the girls game starting at 3:30 p.m. and the boys at 5 p.m. The Rifle boys host Steamboat at 7:30 p.m., while the girls travel to the Sailors’ gym. In 3A, Basalt travels to Gunnison.
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