Baker, Herron set pace for Demon swimmers in GJ
GRAND JUNCTION — Zach Baker and Luke Herron each posted first-place, state-qualifying times in their respective events for Glenwood Springs High School’s boys swimming team, which posted a third-place finish in the team standings of the District 51 Invitational meet Saturday at the El Pomar Natatorium on the campus of Colorado Mesa University.
The pair were two of the five Demons who met state-qualifying standards during the five-team meet.
Baker finished first in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.81 seconds with his teammate, Zeb Thorsen, finishing third in 59.92. Herron claimed a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 23.28 seconds, with Connor Somers of Glenwood and Napel Ten of Montrose tying for second place in 23.72. Both first-place times were good enough to meet the Class 4A state-qualifying standard. Somers’ second-place time also met the state-meet standard.
Finishing second in the 200 medley relay was Baker (backstroke), Thorsen (breaststroke), Phillip Hecksel (butterfly) and Herron (freestyle) in 1:47.14, which finished second to the first-place time of the Grand Junction-based District 51 (1:43.98). The Demons’ second-place time of 3:39.02 in the 400 freestyle relay was also a state-qualifying time.
Third-place finishers included Hecksel in the 100 butterfly, Herron in the 100 freestyle and Thorsen’s finish in the 100 backstroke, with each netting state-qualifying times. Also finishing third was Jon Birzon in the 100 breaststroke.
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Flying under the radar in this elongated high school sports Season D along with baseball, lacrosse, girls soccer, track and the like has been the Glenwood Springs High School boys swimming team.