Glenwood swimmers play host to Moffat County, Montrose |

Glenwood swimmers play host to Moffat County, Montrose

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

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Sergio and Jose Sabat are used to the water. They’re just usually atop a surfboard when they take to it.

The brothers, whose family moved to the Glenwood Springs area from Puerto Rico last spring, are adjusting well to life in Colorado. They now ride boards down snow-covered mountains and swim indoors rather than on the beaches lining the coast of Puerto Rico.

The Sabats, members of Glenwood Springs High School’s swim team, got their first taste of a home meet on Saturday, taking to the waters of the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool for Saturday’s Demon Invitational.

“We’ve been swimming since we were little, but mostly on the beach,” said Sergio, a junior. “There’s no beach here, but we like the water. We like to swim.”

So, when Sergio heard Glenwood Springs had a swim team, he figured he’d give it a go. Jose, a freshman, decided to join as well.

So far, so good.

“They had never done swimming before,” Demons coach John Linn said. “They’re surfers. They had some of that strength you need [for swimming] and they’re doing real well for their first year.”

Sergio’s best Saturday finish was a fifth-place swim in the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 14.94 seconds). Jose’s top showing was a fifth-place clocking in the 50 freestyle (29.0).

The brothers weren’t alone in recording top-five finishes.

Swim team veteran Geoffrey Moore took second in the 200 individual medley (2:34.47) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.66) to lead Glenwood, which hosted Montrose and Moffat County for Saturday’s meet.

Michael Zimet, an Aspen High School student who swims with the Demons, took fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:16.04) and the 100 breaststroke (1:18.25).

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