Gucwa leads Demons at 4A state swim meet |

Gucwa leads Demons at 4A state swim meet

The Glenwood Springs boys swim team didn’t have the numbers to compete for a team title at the Class 4A State Meet, but they had no problem topping themselves against the tougher competition.

With just four swimmers at the two-day meet, which ended Saturday at Mountain View High School in Loveland, the Demons posted five season-best times out of six events.

“We did awesome,” junior Jon Jay said. “We were 15th with a total of four guys swimming.”

Damian Gucwa led the way for Glenwood with his second fourth place finish in as many years ” and he was just an eyelash from capturing a spot on the podium.

Gucwa posted a time of 1:01.85 in the 100-yard breaststroke, bettering his previous best by more than two seconds for fourth place in the event. He finished just .02 out of third place and less than 2 seconds behind event-winner Sam Shook, of Thompson Valley.

“The breast went pretty well,” Gucwa said. “The difference was the third wall, I kind of messed that up, but it was the fastest I’ve done it all season.”

The senior also qualified for the finals in the 100 butterfly ” the event in which he placed fourth in last season ” and placed eighth with a time of 55.88.

Jay, the Demons’ only other individual qualifier, posted season-best marks in both of his events.

He was 15th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.20 and was 16th in the 500 freestyle in 5:15.11. His season-best mark in the 500 free actually came in the prelims when he put up a time of 5:13.94.

“Everyone is really fast. Times just drop like 5 seconds,” said Jay of the atmosphere at the state meet. “You can feel it in the air. Everything is a lot faster and a lot more serious than any other meet.”

Glenwood also qualified two relay teams. Sophomores Bryce McDermott and Jamie Giezentanner joined Jay and Gucwa for the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. The Demons placed 17th in the 200 medley in 1:54.41. The time of 3:36.19 in the 400 free relay was good for 12th and 2 seconds faster than their season-best time.

“In the relays everybody dropped time,” Gucwa said.

Thompson Valley won the overall team title, followed by Cheyenne Mountain and Montrose.

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