Glenwood boys fare well at home swim meet
Post Independent Sports Editor
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Swimmers are a special breed. Just ask the members of the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team about that.
“You take a guy who can’t throw a ball, and more than likely they’re going to be a swimmer,” Glenwood swimmer Zeb Thorson said.
“No, they’re probably more than likely going to go home and sit on the couch,” his teammate, Zach Baker, added to the comment. “It’s just the select few of us who are crazy enough to do this and be in really good shape.”
The pair showed how good of shape they were in on Friday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool. Baker and Thorsen finished 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle, leading the pack for the Demons at the four-team Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational.
It was the first meet Glenwood has hosted in two years, and the Demons had a good showing as they prepare for next week’s regional meet in Grand Junction. Baker and Thorsen each posted state qualifying times in their events along with Luke Herron, whose time of 1 minute, 2.71 seconds in the 100 backstroke was a state-qualifying time.
Also qualifying for state was Glenwood’s 400 relay team of Seb Joly, Baker, Stefan Buxman and Thorsen, who finished second in 4:17.54.
And they weren’t the only ones on the team who were successful. Jack Cassidy, a swimmer from Eagle Valley High School, had the most convincing victory of the day with his time of 1:52.67 in the 200 freestyle, beating the second-place finisher, Baker, by nearly nine seconds.
Herron also had a convincing win in the 50 freestyle in 24.61 to top the second-place time of 25.20 by Brenden Carta.
The meet served as the final tune-up for the Class 4A Western Slope Regional, scheduled for next Friday and Saturday at the El Pomar Natitorium in Grand Junction. Glenwood likes where it’s at as a team and would like to get better down the stretch, but the Demons will admit there’s little time to improve.
It doesn’t mean they’re not going to try, though.
“I don’t know that there’s much we can do in the next two weeks,” said Baker, a home-schooled athlete from Carbondale. “We’ll just keep up our training and hope for the best.”
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