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Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonGlenwood's Bryce McDermott leads the pack in the 500-meter freestyle race during Friday's dual meet against Delta. McDermott swam his season-best, with a time of 5 minutes, 53.25 seconds.
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Glenwood Springs High School held its second swim meet of the school year at the new Community Center pool, and Demons boys coach Howard Jay likes what he sees at home. “I think the pool is fast,” Jay said.And it was particularly fast for the Demons boys in their first home meet.

Like the girls meet during the winter prep sports season, Glenwood’s times dropped as the Demons won nine of 10 events and posted a number of season-best times in their dual against Delta.”Practicing here makes a big difference. We usually swim our best at home,” said Glenwood senior Damian Gucwa, who posted a pair of state-qualifying times. Gucwa’s best performance of the day came in the 50-yard freestyle. His state-qualifying time of 22.87 seconds was nearly a half-second better than his previous season-best mark. Gucwa also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.24 and was a part of the 200 medley relay team, which had its fastest time of the year at 1:57.67.

Jon Jay, Bryce McDermott and Jamie Giezentanner rounded out the 200 medley team.Individually, Jay posted a pair of season-best marks with wins in the 200 individual medley (2:08.13) and 100 freestyle (55.06).McDermott had his best mark of the season in the 200 freestyle (2:16.58) and shattered his previous best in the 500 freestyle (5:53.25). The group of McDermott, Hansen Nordsiek, Giezentanner and Patrick Kramer teamed up for a victory in the 200 freestyle relay.



The only event the Demons didn’t win was the 100 backstroke. Delta’s Chris Lee took top honors with a time of 1:06.36.Glenwood’s performance impressed Howard Jay, particularly in light of the workout the team went through in the morning practice on Friday. Jay said the team put in about 4,000 yards of sprint workouts prior to the dual meet, a testament to the fitness level of the Demons swimmers.”They are popping times, and we are cranking out the yardage,” Jay said.


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