Youngster excels for Demons
GRAND JUNCTION – Age is no barrier to becoming a big-time high school swimmer.Freshman Ali Schaiberger, the youngest of three sisters to have competed for the Demons aquatic program, made her presence felt at Saturday’s meet against Fruita Monument and Delta by winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 19.48 seconds.Schaiberger followed up that effort later in the meet with a second-place mark in the 500 free. Panthers freshman Karolyn Fry took first.Both times earned major team points for Glenwood, which downed the host Wildcats, 97-87, and Delta, 122-62.”Ali is definitely going to be one to watch through her four years in high school,” Demons coach Teresa Mattingly said. “She’s a great worker and has a great attitude. It’s hard not to like her. She has a great love for the sport.” While Mattingly is pleased with how Schaiberger and the Demons’ other young swimmers have progressed, Glenwood also got strong efforts from its veterans to put them over the top.Senior Lyndsey Snyder contributed a season-best mark of 1:13.97 to win the 100-yard breaststroke, then anchored the Demons medley relay team to a 2:04.87 victory over event runner-up Delta.Fellow Glenwood vet Jennifer Betts, a junior, captured the 100 free by nine-tenths of a second over Fruita Monument’s Carly Westerson when Betts touched the wall in 58.55.The two swimmers exchanged slots in the 200 individual medley when Westerson’s 2:27.14 time bested Betts’ 2:28.02.Sophomore Emily McDonald had Glenwood’s other individual event victory, a 1:05.19 mark in the 100 butterfly.Teaming with Betts, McDonald also helped the Demons earn wins in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.Glenwood is off for the holidays. The team’s next action is Jan. 8 at a meet in Durango.
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