Demons showcase their potential at Griffins Meet
As spring begins to blossom across the Western Slope, the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team is doing a little blooming of its own.
The self-funded squad visited the El Pomar Natatorium at Colorado Mesa University for the Griffins Meet on Saturday.
Sebastian Joly, Jack Cassidy, Patrick Gucwa and Stefan Buxman started off the meet in the 200-yard medley relay by dropping three seconds from their time last weekend and finishing seventh in the process.
Captain Cassidy was right back in the pool for the 200 freestyle. The sophomore from Eagle Valley High School who swims with the Demons kept his state qualifying streak alive of four for four in individual events while going 1 minute, 58.01 seconds to claim the four spot.
Joly, a Vail Christian sophomore, went out fast in the 200 individual medley. His much-improved butterfly and conditioning helped him drop 20-plus seconds to finish ninth in 2:39.13.
The 50 free was a coming-out party for Vail Christian sophomore Branden Currey. Swimming in his first high school swim meet – furthermore, his first swim meet since the age of 7 – Currey blindsided the field, finishing in fourth in a smoking-fast time of 26.01.
Teammate Buxman, a freshman from Glenwood, put in a heartfelt effort to give the Demons an additional five points to go with Currey’s 15.
After watching a couple of events the Demons didn’t have participants in, Currey and Gucwa, a sophomore at Glenwood, split the water in the 100 freestyle.
Gucwa went out a little slower than the field, but brought it home in the final 25 yards, finishing 12th.
Currey’s approach was a touch different. He led the field after the first 75 yards when he misjudged the wall on his third flip-turn. The sophomore fought hard after the mishap, with the heat bearing down on him. He ended up tying for first in the heat and seventh overall.
Swimming’s Leadville 100, the 500 free, featured the sophomore captain Cassidy.
In perhaps the most exciting race of the meet, Cassidy came from four seconds behind at the 300-yard wall turn to a second at the 400 wall.
In the last 100 yards of the race, Cassidy pulled even with Montrose’s Michael Barnosky and then passed him in the last 15 yards to win by four-tenths of a second in 5:13.86.
The streak will continue: five for five in individual state qualifying events.
The captain, showing some tenacity, climbed from the pool to immediately take part in the 200 free relay. Gucwa got the foursome off to a good start, with Currey continuing to bud. Buxman took over the third leg and Cassidy demolished the heat anchoring the team in a time of 23.75. The Demons swam to a fifth-place finish overall.
Gucwa got a quick breather before shoving off the wall in the 100 back. Although noticeably drained from his previous events, the sophomore swam well enough to garner six points for his team. Joly took part in the 100 back as well.
The Vail Christian student swam to sixth place in his new best time of 1:07.74.
Buxman rounded out the day for the Demons in the 100 breast. The freshman showcased his new glide while finishing eighth.
The Demons have next weekend off before heading back to Grand Junction the following weekend to begin the second half of their season.
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