GSHS swimmers hope to make a splash with deeper squad |

GSHS swimmers hope to make a splash with deeper squad

Post Independent File/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Bryce McDermott leads the pack in the 500-meter freestyle race during a dual meet against Delta April 9, 2005.

If strength lies in numbers, the Glenwood Springs boys swimming team is looking tough after doubling in size this season.Twelve Demons make up this year’s roster, with six returning from the 2005 squad and six being brand new.

“With those numbers, it will be nice to have everyone in every meet and be able to field three relays,” said Glenwood head coach Howard Jay. “Our six consistent swimmers from last year are back this year and hopefully we can have some state qualifiers again.”The Demons only lost one senior last year in Damien Gucwa, who qualified for state last season in the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard butterfly and as part of the Jon Jay (the coach’s son), Jaime Giezentanner and Bryce McDermitt 400-yard freestyle relay team. The latter three of the relay, including Jay, who qualified for state in the 200-yard freestyle event, return to the team this year.Glenwood’s roster is dominated by older swimmers with, six seniors, three juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. The Demons picked up three swimmers from other schools this season, as sophomore George Keeper and senior Casey Martin will travel from Rifle to compete for the Demons and freshman Rafael Joly makes the trip from Vail Christian.

In 2005, Glenwood finished fifth in the Western Slope League and 15th in state. While coach Jay knows that competing against the bigger 5A schools like Montrose and Grand Junction will be challenging, the increase in numbers will boost the Demons as they face other 4A squads.”Montrose (which won state in 2004) looks like they are going to be good again and I don’t think any teams are going to be able to touch them,” Jay said. “Grand Junction will be good, and with our numbers we can’t really match those bigger schools. But against the smaller schools I think we will be respectable.”

Snow has been such a strong force this spring that it has even delayed the start of Glenwood’s season. The March 10-11 meet at Durango was canceled due to snow, and now the Demons only have six meets scheduled before the WSL Championships May 12-13 at Montrose. The Demons have been practicing for three weeks and, with more swimmers than ever, Glenwood is ready to dive into its season today with a meet at Moffat County at 10 a.m. “The guys are really excited. They are at the pool every morning at 5:30 a.m., and working hard. I think it will be a lot of fun,” coach Jay said of the Moffat County meet. “With swimming, you practice so much that it will be nice to have a meet and see if our new guys can swim legally and see what they do.”

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