Demons fare well in G.J.
GRAND JUNCTION — Glenwood Springs High School’s boys swim team managed a respectable finish at the Class 4A Western Slope Championships on Saturday despite an overall advantage in team size by the rest of the six-team field at the El Pomar Natatorium.
The Demons, who brought eight swimmers to the meet, finished third in the team standings with 173 points. Montrose, which brought 20 swimmers, was first with 445, with the District 51 Griffins — the team that includes swimmers from each Grand Junction high school — taking second with 368.
The top finisher for the Demons in the meet was Jack Cassidy, a senior who attends Eagle Valley High School. Cassidy finished first in the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 53.95 seconds, and first in the 200 individual medley in 2:00.78. He also swam a leg in the 200 medley relay that finished second in 1:46.02, and was part of the 400 freestyle relay that took third in 3:34.18.
Joining Cassidy in the 200 medley relay was Zeb Thorsen, Zach Baker and Luke Herron. Those four swimmers also swam the 400 free relay.
Baker also managed a high individual finish in the 100 backstroke, taking second in 58.39. Herron’s top individual finish was in the 100 freestyle, where he finished fourth in 52.79.
Glenwood Springs will move on to this weekend’s Class 4A State Championships at the Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC) in Fort Collins, which will take place on Friday and Saturday.
Cassidy and Baker will both compete individually, and the Demons’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams will also compete in the state meet. In all, four of the Demons’ eight team members will take part in the state meet.
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