Demons swim toward state |

Demons swim toward state

The Glenwood Springs boys swim team isn’t letting a low number of team members influence its performance in the pool.

Going into this weekend’s Western Regional meet at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Glenwood’s six-person squad has five qualifying marks for the Class 4A state meet in Loveland next weekend.

The Demons hope to add to that list when Glenwood and six other Western Slope swim teams line up on the starter’s block for today’s regional preliminaries.

Damian Gucwa is Glenwood’s top sprinter. The junior has prequalified for state in the 100-meter freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly events and should contend for the regional title in all three events.

In the butterfly, Gucwa has posted a season-best breaststroke time of 1:01.82, which, according to marks in Rocky Preps, is among the top times in the event among Class 4A swimmers statewide.

Sophomore Jonathan Jay has prequalified for state in both the 200 and 500 freestyles. Jay’s best times in the events, according to Glenwood head coach Mark Williams, are 1:57.00 in the 200 and 5:27.00 in the 500.

Jay will also swim the lead leg for the Demons this weekend in the 200 freestyle and medley relays.

Teaming with Jay in both relay events are freshmen Jaime Giezentanner and Bryce McDermott. Sophomore Hansen Nordsiek rounds out the 200 free relay squad. Chad Coleman, another sophomore will see action on the Demon medley relay team.

Individually, Giezentanner is scheduled to swim in the 100 and 200 freestyles. McDermott in the breaststroke and 500 free, Nordsiek is slotted in the 50 free and 100 backstroke. Coleman will see action in the breaststroke and 100 free.

The top 12 teams from Friday’s swim prelims advance to Saturday’s finals. Competitors at this weekend’s meet advance to the state meet by obtaining or bettering predetermined times set by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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