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Swim Demons make noise at meet in Grand Junction

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It may have been chilly outside Saturday, but inside the El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction, the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team was preparing to heat things up.

Demons senior Jonathan De Leo started things off dropping nearly five seconds from his previous best 200-yard freestyle time.

In the same event, Eagle Valley freshman Jack Cassidy swam his season-best time, finishing fourth in a time of 2 minutes, .18 seconds and qualifying for state in the process.

Glenwood senior Cole Newton kept the fire burning. He produced a lifetime-best 25.77 in a tightly contested 50 freestyle.

It seemed as though the water was beginning to boil as Aspen freshman phenom Max Bryant hit the water in his first of four swims.

In a very fast 100 butterfly heat, in which the top six swimmers all qualified for state, Bryant swam to a fourth-place finish in a time of 58.42.

He later managed to top this effort, dominating the field in the 500 free. In a winning time of 5:13.13, the freshman destroyed his previous state-qualifying time by 10 seconds.

The Demons’ 200 free relay team, consisting of Newton, Cassidy, Glenwood senior Geoff Moore and Bryant, knocked two seconds off the team’s best time, narrowly missing the state cut.

Cassidy was immediately back in the water swimming the 100 backstroke. The youngster kept the fire going, dropping a second off his lifetime best and missing the state cut by the blink of an eye.

Cassidy, De Leo, Newton and Bryant teamed up for the final event of the meet. The boys battled to a third-place finish.

The Demons have fire in their eyes as the season winds down. This Friday, the team will be headed to Gunnison for its last regular season meet of the year.

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