Demons poised for strong showing
In the past, qualifying for the state meet has been OK for the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team.
That’s not the case any more.
While the Demons are happy about sending a program-high eight swimmers to this weekend’s Class 4A meet at the Mountain View High School pool in Loveland, the team’s goal is to bring home a state medal or two.
“Everybody is really poised for state,” said head coach Mark Williams. “The guys swam their hearts out at districts last week and we got some high seeds in the state prelims and the guys want to make a good showing.”
According to information, provided by the Colorado High School Activities Association, Glenwood swimmers have posted state Top 10 marks in seven of the meet’s 12 events.
Senior Chris Rey’s 49.02-second time in the 100-yard freestyle ranks second in 4A. His main competition in the event will be Erik Ringdahl of Longmont, who swam a state-best 48.18, along with Greeley Central’s Dorian Thomas and Jeremy Hurshman of Montrose.
Last week, Rey set his current time while defeating Hurshman for the regional 100 free title.
Rey could also square off against Ringdahl and Thomas in the 50 freestyle final. Ringdahl holds the state’s No. 1 time (21.94) in that event as well. Thomas currently has the seventh best mark at 22.88. Rey is seeded ninth with a 23.18 best time to-date.
Last year Rey finished 10th in the 100 and 11th in the 200 freestyles.
“Since its my senior year, a state championship would be nice,” he said.
In Rey’s case, success is a matter of visualization.
“Before a race, I see everything I have to do, the turns, the start, and I see myself doing it perfect,” he said.
What’s different for Rey from the past is he has teammates surrounding him.
“There’s way more focus because we have a chance now at state,” he said. “In the past it was Steve Jay and myself. Now practice is more interesting and we work harder because it’s more of a team with nine people.”
The rest of the Demon team also has strong medal potential.
The Gucwa brothers, Damian and Bobby, are seeded second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Damian, a sophomore, and Bobby, a junior, recorded their best times of the year in a 1-2 finish, respectively, at regionals. Damian currently holds the edge with a 1:01.74 time, compared to Bobby’s 1:02.01 mark.
Bobby Gucwa is among the top contenders in the 200-yard individual medley. Damian’s times in the butterfly are among the state’s best in that event.
In addition, a 5:16.26 time in the 500-yard freestyle also puts senior Steve Jay in the medal hunt. Jay finished fourth at the regional meet and is seeded eighth at the state meet in a field of 22 swimmers.
Glenwood also has a good shot of earning medals in the 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays.
The Demons have the sixth-best time – a 3:26.34 – in the free relay, and are seeded No. 11 in the medley.
The championship meet opens with the swim preliminaries on Friday at 4 p.m. The top 16 swimmers advance to Saturday’s finals.
Saturday’s swim and dive finals are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
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