Demons finish 4th at swim regionals |

Demons finish 4th at swim regionals

Staff Report

The Glenwood Springs High School swim team got its final tune-up for this week’s Class 4A state meet at last weekend’s Western Slope Championships at Montrose High School.

Competing against six other West Slope schools, most with larger number of swimmers available, the nine-member Demon team finished in fourth place with 210 points.

The District 51 Griffins, a team consisting of swimmers from Grand Junction, Fruita Monument and Grand Junction Central High Schools won the team championship with 357 points. Host Montrose was second. Durango took third place.

Senior Chris Rey, who pre-qualified prior to the Montrose meet in four individual events, earned two regional event titles.

Rey won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 50.13 seconds, then defeated Montrose’s Jeremy Hurshman for the 100-yard freestyle title by clocking a time of 49.02 seconds.

Sophomore Damian Gucwa collected Glenwood’s other championship medal by defeating his older brother Bobby to the finish line in the 100-yard breaststroke. Damian recorded the win with a 1:02.72 time, compared to Bobby’s mark of 1:02.76.

Bobby Gucwa had the fastest 200 Individual Medley time for the Demons. His 2:03.55 time in the event finals was good enough for second place.

The Gucwa brothers also played a key role in both of Glenwood’s third-place relay finishes.

Teamed with Rey and senior Beau Peterson, the four Demons finished the 200 Medley relay in 1:46.43. In the 400 free relay, the Gucwas, Rey and John Jay swam in at 3:26.34.

The 4A state meet will be held in Loveland at Mountain View High School on Friday.

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