Demons dive into WSL meet |

Demons dive into WSL meet

by Phil Sandoval

Compared against the rest of the Western Slope, the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team is among the smallest in roster size, but the nine-member team is one of the region’s best.

To date, five of the team’s members have qualified for the Class 4A state meet in Loveland later this month.

And this weekend Glenwood looks to add a high team finish at the Western Slope Championships at Montrose High School’s pool to its list of accomplishments.

“With our numbers, we’re always an underdog. But, I think we stand a good chance to fight Durango for third place,” said head coach Mark Williams of the Demons’ chances.

Durango coach John Lawson has watched Glenwood throughout the year, and sees them as a threat. “Glenwood is right in there and should be in the hunt,” said Lawson.

Williams also looks at this week’s regional meet as a tune-up for state.

Along with participating in the relays, senior Chris Rey will be among the favorites in the sprint freestyle events.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, Rey is among the Class 4A state leaders in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle.

The Demon senior’s 100 free 50.05-second time ranks among Colorado’s top five in the event. Rey has also posted a 1 minute, 52:15 mark in the 200.

Two sets of brothers, Steven and Jon Jay along with transfer students Bobby and Damien Gucwa have clocked strong marks in multiple events this season.

Bobby Gucwa has the state’s second fastest time – 1:03.65 – in the 100 breaststroke. The junior has also prequalified for state in the individual medley, butterfly and the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

Damien, a sophomore, has state qualifying times in five events.

Steve, the oldest of the Jay brothers has earned spots to the state meet in three individual events. John Jay, a freshman, has qualified in the 200 freestyle.

Additionally, seniors Greg Jacob and Beau Peterson, are “on the verge” of reaching state qualifying times in the 100 freestyle.

Freshmen Nick Vanderhoof and Chad Coleman, the other two members on the swim team, specialize in the backstroke and breaststroke events, respectively.

The Western Slope Championships start at 5 p.m., today with the swim preliminaries. From the prelims, the top 12 swimmers advance to Saturday’s finals, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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