Demons end regular season on high note
First-place marks are not always the measure to having a good swim meet. At least not to Glenwood Springs head coach Howard Jay.”We had a great meet today. All of our guys had seasonal bests,” Jay explained of the Demons’ performance Friday in a triple-dual meet with Western Slope powerhouses Fruita Monument and Montrose, as well as a much-improved Moffat County squad.
Senior Jon Jay notched his fastest time of the year – 2 minutes, 16.10 seconds – in the 200-yard individual medley to finish second in the event. Later, Jay took third in the 500 freestyle, posting a Class 4A state qualifying mark of a 5:19.03.The time was one of 14 marks that met or surpassed Class 4A and 5A state meet standards.It bodes well for all four swim teams, who will next converge in Montrose the weekend of May 12-13 for the annual Western Regional swim championships.
Glenwood’s second state-qual time came in the meet’s last event – the 400 relay. Getting a strong start from seniors Michael Ball and Jay, and follow-up from juniors Jamie Giezentanner and Bryce McDermitt, the Demons came in at 3:42.60.Giezentanner also had a good day individually, clocking a pair of third-place times with a 24.83 in the 50 free, then a 54.69 in the 100 freestyle. Both marks were seasonal bests.
Freshman Rafael Joly had fourth-place swims in the 100 back and the individual medley. George Keeper took fourth in the 50 free.Montrose won eight of 12 events. Fruita won the other four. On the team score end, Glenwood defeated Moffat County, 95-49, and lost its meets to Montrose (123-56) and Fruita (102-73). Montrose won all three of its dual meets. Fruita, a Class 5A school, defeated Moffat County.
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