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Sports briefs

Roaring Fork High School is looking for a girls tennis coach, starting immediately. If interested, call athletic director Larry Black at 384-5753.

While helping the Middlebury College girls swim team take second in the North Eastern Coastal Athletic Conference Championship Meet over the weekend, Middlebury’s 200 free relay team not only won its event, but also made history.

The relay, which freshman Emily McDonald ” a former Glenwood Springs High School swimmer ” competed in, set a varsity record, Wesleyan pool record and made an NCAA “A” championship-qualifying mark with a time of 1:35.43. The team comprised of Marika Ross, Pam Chatikavanij, Katie Remington and McDonald finished the race with the fastest time in the country this season.

McDonald also made a “B” cut with a second-place finish in the 50 free (24.09), while doing the same with a varsity record in the 100 free (52.04).

McDonald, a Colorado Rocky Mountain School graduate, also swam on the 400 medley team and 400 free relay, which both took second place at the meet. The 400 free relay team broke a school record with a time of 3:29.56.

In her first gymnastics meet since the closure of Glenwood Gymnastics Academy, Corey Gera of Glenwood Springs competed in an optionals U.S.A. Gymnastics meet on Feb. 23 in Fort Collins. Under the direction of coach Rob Jones, now operating out of the Gypsum Recreation Center, Gera was grouped with other 13- and 14-year-old Level Eight gymnasts.

Gera earned 8.15 on vault with a sukahara, placing her third in that event. She tied for fourth on the beam and placed fifth in bars and floor.

“She worked extremely hard and did extremely well, considering she was out of gymnastics for a year,” said her coach.

On March 8, Gera travels to Arvada for a meet at Denver School of Gymnastics.

Three basketball players from Glenwood Springs put their free-throw shooting skills on the line last weekend at the Colorado State Hoop Shoot Final in Salida. Delaney Gaddis sunk 13 of 25 to take third in the 10-11 girls division, Easton Gaddis hit eight of 25 to finish sixth in the 8-9 boys division and Brandi Vinger drained 11 of 25 for a sixth-place finish in the 12-13 girls division.

The Defiance Volleyball Club 14-year-olds have won their last two tournaments, with the first coming in the Silver Division and the most recent coming in the Gold Division. The squad beat out four teams in pool play and three in bracket play for the Gold Division title.

Defiance, who is coached by Shelli Shideler, Kirby Ingelhart and Kelsey Warkentin and players include Michaela Mansfield, Sarah Davis, Lexie Warkentin, Madi Goodstein, Taylor Gilman, Alida Eide, Sadey Stillman, Haley Oddo, Brandi Vinger, Kellsie Stewart and Cassidy Gaddis, topped Black Canyon, 2-1, the Grand Junction Volleyball Club, 2-1, and Sugar N’ Spikes, 2-0.

The Defiance Volleyball Club 12-year-olds won the Bronze Division of the Gold Cup Tournament in Grand Junction on Sunday. The team beat several other 12-year-olds teams, four 13-year-olds teams and a 14-year-olds team, all from across western Colorado, to come out on top. The team is coached by Michael Gamba and Jean Simonson and includes Taylor Kontour, Carrie Waters, Brenna Burk, Rosa Roybal, Courtney Lippman, Hannah Macaulay, Izabella Diaz, Elise Metzger, Sofia Gamba and Madison Melia.

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