Demons qualify another swim relay for state meet
The self-funded Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team traveled to Moffat County this past Friday with a couple of goals: to swim fast in its last regular season meet and to qualify for state in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Sebastian Joly, Jack Cassidy, Max Bryant and Stefan Buxman combined to swim the 200 meter medley relay in a time of 2:17.18, which was good enough for fourth place.
Buxman, Glenwood’s own, was immediately back in the water for the 200 freestyle. The freshman muscled out a best time and the sixth spot.
Aspen’s Bryant took control of the 200 free from the sound of the gun. The co-captain won the event by 10 seconds in a time of 2:07.
Eagle Valley’s Cassidy and Glenwood’s Patrick Gucwa stepped up to the starting blocks next to tackle the 200 individual medley. The sophomore Gucwa sliced six seconds off his time to finish fifth, while co-captain Cassidy finished third.
The Vail Christian duo of Branden Currey and Joly represented the Demons in the 50 free drag race. Sophomore Joly dropped over a second from his season’s best time to finish sixth. The two-sport sophomore Currey, who runs track and field for Vail Christian as well, brought home the gold for the Demons.
Bryant and his nemesis, Montrose’s Michael Barnosky, had another epic battle in the 100 fly. The young men swam side by side throughout the race. It appeared that Bryant had won the race, yet the results say that Barnosky got the best of him this go-round.
With two of the three state relay cuts under the Demons’ belt, the boys’ goal was to get time that had eluded them since last season.
Bryant, Gucwa, Currey and Cassidy dug deep.
With Bryant leading the way, the Demons had open water to swim in after his leg. Gucwa produced his fastest 50 split of the year, Currey swam solid and Cassidy brought the gold and a state-qualifying time home with his best 50 split of the year.
Gucwa, riding the adrenaline rush from the relay, was instantly back in the pool for the 100 back. He managed to gut out another best time, making it three for three on the day.
The Demons’ last event of the day was the 100 breast. Cassidy, the sophomore from Eagle Valley got the nod, and collected the bronze.
In the four-team meet, Glenwood finished second to Montrose.
The gentlemen Demons will be off to Grand Junction next weekend to take part in the Western Slope Swimming and Diving Championships.
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