Glenwood boys swim for qualifying times
The Glenwood boys swimming team will be doing everything it can to shed as much time as possible from its season-best marks with the hopes of qualifying for state today and Saturday at the Western Regional Championship at Montrose High School.
“We are expecting some good times. The kids are ready and they’ve been practicing hard,” said Demon head coach Howard Jay. “I am looking forward to some really good times and a really good weekend.”
Jon Jay is the lone individual Glenwood swimmer to have already qualified for state. His times of 1:54.70 in the 200-yard freestyle and 5:18.50 in the 500 free have secured his spot, but three of his teammates are also close to qualifying.
“Bryce McDermitt’s right on the edge of making it, so is Jamie Giezentanner and Michael Ball. They all have a shot of making it in individual events,” Coach Jay said. “We have a lot of guys right on the edge. If they have great swims, they should be able to make finals (the top six spots). If not, they will make the consolations.”
Giezentanner is only .03 of a second short of qualifying in the 50 freestyle, Ball is within a few ticks in the 200 individual medley, McDermitt is close in the 200 and 500 free.
Jay, a senior, is also the anchor for the Demon state-qualified 400-free relay team with teammates McDermitt, Ball and Giezentanner, who have posted a 3:50.00 this season.
The 200-medley relay team of Ball, Jay, McDermitt and freshman Rafael Joly will also be aiming for a state qualification, which it can achieve by improving its season-best time of 1:57.00 by one second.
Prelims will take place today from noon to 4 p.m. and the finals will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The state meet will take place May 19-20 at Edora Pool and Ice Center in Fort Collins.
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