Demons split duals against Montrose, Moffat County

Hosting the Double Duals Invitational Meet at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center on Saturday the Glenwood Springs boys swim team split its two duals with the Montrose Indians and the Moffat County Bulldogs, resulting in a second-place finish in the duals.

Against the Indians, Glenwood dropped a 165-107 decision before rebounding for a 129-73 decision over the Bulldogs to pull even on the day.

Though there were just three teams involved, the competition was conducted as a regular formatted meet. However, the meet was scored as a dual meet between each high school.

In the first event of the day, Glenwood finished third in the 200-yard medley relay as Zeb Thorsen, Nolan Atkins, James McMahon and Austin Hawkins finished in a time of 2 minutes, 4 seconds and 13 hundredths of a second.

Phillip Hecksel and Hawkins responded in a big way in the 200-yard freestyle as Hecksel won the event with a time of 1:57.69. Hawkins finished third with a time of 2:13.07.

In the third event of the day, Cole Petersen, Thorsen and McMahon finished second, third and fourth respectively, with times of 2:13.47, 2:16.21 and 2:25.53.

Glenwood continued its impressive roll to start the meet as Jonus Ortega won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.36, just 41 hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher. Fellow Demon Joey Chiu turned in a ninth-place finish with a time of 30.75.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Hecksel picked up his second event win of the day, breaking the one minute mark in the race, winning with a time of 58.85.

As Hecksel continued his impressive day, Ortega picked up the pace as well. Competing in the 100-yard freestyle, Ortega finished second overall with a time of 54.47. Atkins finished sixth overall for Glenwood with a time of 1:14.47.

With the meet winding down, Peterson and the rest of the Demons continued to swim well against the competition. In the 500-yard freestyle, Petersen won the event with a time of 5:15.46, while Hawkins finished sixth overall with a time of 6:00.34.

The Demons added another win in the next event — the 200-yard freestyle relay — as Petersen, Thorsen, Ortega and Hecksel won the event with a time of 1:38.79.

Following the 200-yard freestyle relay, Thorsen followed up with another win, this time in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.71. McMahon finished fifth in the event, touching the wall at 1:05.73.

In the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Glenwood finished second to Montrose as Petersen, Hecksel, Ortega and McMahon finished with a time of 3:47.45.

Along with a solid team showing in the pool, the Glenwood boys had 4A state qualifying times in the following events: Thorsen, 100 back stroke; Hecksel, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle; Petersen, 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley; and the 200 free relay of Petersen, Hecksel, Ortega and Thorsen.

The Demons will compete next at the Grand Junction Invitational, on Saturday, April 9.

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