Boom-or-bust showing for swim Demons at Montrose
Saturday’s gloomy weather may have affected the self-funded Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team’s performance in Montrose.
The Demons’ events were either superb or lackluster, with not many swims falling in the middle.
Captain Jack Cassidy swam a season best time in the 200 individual medley of 2 minutes, 12.32 seconds. The Eagle Valley sophomore battled with Montrose’s Clay Zentmeyer for the first 100 yards before Cassidy took control of the race and won by a body length.
Glenwood’s Patrick Gucwa looked good in his first 200 IM of the season, bringing home an eighth-place finish.
Brandon Currey, a spring two-sport athlete from Vail Christian, returned to the pool this week.
After his mind-blowing season debut two weeks ago in the 50 freestyle, he was back in the water looking to repeat. The sophomore swam to a sixth-place finish in a time of 26.95, just shy of the 26.01 he was looking to best.
The Demon foursome of Currey, freshman Stefan Buxman, Gucwa and Cassidy dropped three seconds from the team’s previous season best in the 200 free relay in their hunt for another relay state-qualifying time.
Currey stayed consistent, with a leadoff time of 26.98, while Buxman threw the monkey off his back by finally breaking the 30-second mark with a time of 29.98. Gucwa swam his best split of the year of 27.19 and Cassidy closed out the fifth-place finish with a 24.22.
The 100 back had the top two finishers go under 57.61, with the winner going sub-57. Glenwood’s captain enjoys challenges such as these although Cassidy came up a bit short … this time. The sophomore swam his best time of the season to claim the bronze in 1:01.52.
The two Glenwood students continued to impress in the 100 breast. Gucwa, swimming another first time event, took eighth while Buxman slashed a second from his time.
Currey, Buxman, Sebastian Joly and Cassidy teamed up in the 400 free relay to end the meet with a fourth-place finish.
The young men have a two-week break from meets before the final regular season meet in Craig. The Western Slope Championships follow a week later and then the season finale in Denver – the 4A state championships.
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