Demons swim at home for first and only time in 2011 |

Demons swim at home for first and only time in 2011

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Swimming’s everything to Glenwood Springs High School senior Geoff Moore. As such, he’d like to see his school’s swim programs live on.

“I’ve been doing this my whole life, basically,” he said. “I don’t do anything else. I work here at the pool. My life revolves around swimming. It’d be sad to see it go.”

Both the boys and girls swimming and diving programs at Glenwood are up for elimination as part of Roaring Fork School District Re-1’s budget reduction plan, though a proposal involving private funding is being pitched by parents to keep swimming alive.

“When I come back next year, I want to see that they’re still swimming and beating up on other teams and having fun,” Demons senior Jonathan De Leo said. “That’s all that really counts.”

Added fellow senior Cole Newton: “Swimming’s been huge [in my life]. It keeps me fit. It keeps me out of trouble. I feel like it’s important.”

No matter what the future holds – and the private-funding push is a promising development – Glenwood’s tiny boys team is making the most of the present.

With only four of the team’s six members in attendance, the Demons made their only 2011 home showing on Saturday. Entertaining Durango, Gunnison and Moffat County at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool, the hosts didn’t win any of the head-to-head team score matchups, but they did hold their own.

Jack Cassidy, a freshman at Eagle Valley who swims with the Demons, won the 500-yard freestyle. In outpacing the field in the meet’s longest event, the youngster clocked in at 5 minutes, 39.4 seconds.

Cassidy also nabbed second in the 200 individual medley (2:20.22).

Other top-three individual Glenwood finishes included De Leo’s bronze showing in the 200 freestyle (2:27.36) and Moore’s third-place performance in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.87).

The Demons’ 200 freestyle relay team of Newton, De Leo, Moore and Cassidy took third in 1:47.74 and the same quartet combined to take third in the 200 medley relay (1:59.99).

“Our relays did pretty well,” Cassidy said. “I think we dropped some time in the medley. My 200 individual medley was pretty good, but my 500 time was way off.”

The Demons were without Michael Zimet and Max Bryant on Saturday. Both are students at Aspen High.

Just a few weeks remain in what Glenwood hopes isn’t its final season of swimming.

Next Saturday, the Demons head to Grand Junction for a four-team meet. Then it’s off to Gunnison on May 6 and then to the Western Slope League championships in Grand Junction on May 13-14.

The 4A state meet is slated for May 20-21 in Grand Junction. Glenwood swimmers already have several state-qualifying times in the bag.

Bryant has qualified in the 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 100 and 200 freestyle.

Zimet has 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle qualifying times under his belt and Cassidy has pre-qualified in the 500 freestyle.

Two of the Demons’ three relay teams – the 400 freestyle and the 200 medley relay – also have their state tickets punched.

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