Glenwood swim team ready for state
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” Team size is not important in swimming. Rather, it’s the athlete ” or more accurately, the performance of the athletes.
And Glenwood Springs, going by the marks at Saturday’s Western Regional Championship, has some good swimmers.
The Demon squad, with five swimmers competing, posted near to or season-best times in almost every event in which they competed at the regional, which bodes well for the team being in peak shape for next weekend’s Class 4A swim championships at Mountain View High School in Loveland.
“Of all the years that I’ve been coaching, that was one of the best,” said Glenwood coach Howard Jay of his team’s fast showing.
Even though Glenwood swimmers earned two individual second place and one third-place medal, the regional meet was more of a “fun” meet for the Demons.
“This is a good meet before state,” said Damian Gucwa, the runner-up in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100 freestyle.
“It allows me to see how well I’ve been doing this season. I’m happy with the results, and I’m looking forward to state.”
Despite surpassing state-qualifying times in both events, Gucwa will compete in the butterfly and breast stroke instead. Too bad. He looked pretty good in his regional events.
Gucwa’s 2-minute, 3.10-second individual medley time is almost six seconds faster than the Class 5A state-qualifying standard. Likewise, Gucwa’s 100-freestyle mark of 50.02 seconds is his best of the year and just 0.02 off the pre-meet goal set by Gucwa and head coach Jay.
“I was pretty happy with the IM. I took off about two seconds from the prelims,” said Gucwa. “In the 100 free, that was a personal best for me. I was happy about that. I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t get first, but second’s still pretty good.”
Jon Jay, who finished third in the 500 free, swam 5:14.73, a 10-second-plus slash off Friday’s preliminary time in the event. Along with the 500, Jay will also see action in the 200 freestyle at the state meet, where he hopes to better his 1:54.59 regional time.
“I feel great in the water right now,” Jay said. “I slept at home last night, came back today, and I felt really fast.”
Both swimmers have also qualified for state in the 200 medley and 400 free relays where they will be joined by teammates Bryce McDermott and Jamie Giezentanner.
At regionals, the medley relay crew took fourth in 1:54.30. The 400 freestyle relay team came in at a season-best of 3:38.21.
Swimming in the 100 free, Giezentanner came in eighth with a time of 56.31. Patrick Kramer finished 11th overall in 1:01.51. In the 50 free, the two Demons were seventh and 14th, respectively.
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