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Swimming Demons aiming high

Starting a new season under first-year head coach Michelle Brune, it would be expected that the Glenwood Springs girls swimming team would need some time before swimming to success.But after the first meet of the season, the water Demons are already looking impressive.Glenwood took second out of seven teams at Friday’s Southwestern League Relays, losing to winner Fruita Monument by only one point. The Demons finished first in nine out of 11 events, but couldn’t get enough points for the victory.”We did pretty well. We only lost by one point to Fruita who had 30 girls and we only had 15,” junior Emily McDonald said.The runner-up finish wasn’t the highlight of the meet; instead it was the seven state-qualifying times the Demons posted. “We are swimming really fast this year,” McDonald said.McDonald said that coach Brune, who took over for Theresa Mattingly as head coach this season, has gotten the girls off to a good start preparing for the season at practices.”She is pretty good, she is pretty experienced,” McDonald said. “She is working us hard.”McDonald, who was named an All-American in her sophomore year last season, swept every event she swam in, taking first in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.Despite her individual success, McDonald said that the team’s main goal is to have a strong presence in the Class 4A state tournament.”We want to get as many girls to state as we can and have good morale,” McDonald said. In 2004 the Demons took third at state, then finished fifth in last year’s tournament. This year, McDonald thinks they can do better.”We definitely can. We are looking at bringing 10-12 girls to state,” McDonald said. Glenwood will be back in the pool on Saturday, to compete in the Moffat County Quadrangular and will swim in five more meets before battling in the District 11/Western Slope League Championship Feb. 10-11 in Durango.


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