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Gucwa sets school records at state swim meet

Staff Report

LOVELAND ” Damian Gucwa’s performance at the 4A state swim championship would be a good day for some teams.

In Saturday’s finals, the Glenwood Springs High School junior finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and took fifth place in the breaststroke events.

In the process, Gucwa, the only one of two Demon swimmers who advance out of Friday’s prelims, scored 29 team points for Glenwood.

Gucwa’s team points were the most accumulated by a Glenwood boys swim team at the state championships, according to Demons’ head coach Mark Williams.

Gucwa’s 54.88 butterfly time also broke his older brother Bobby’s year-old school record by two-tenths of a second.

In the breaststroke, Gucwa came in at 1 minute, 2.60 seconds.

Jonathan Jay, Glenwood’s other state qualifier, bothered with a head cold, finished 17th in the 500 freestyle in 5:24.22 and swam a time of 1:58.32 in the 200 free.

And Williams has a strong nucleus to work with in 2005, with both state qualifiers and the other four members ” all underclassmen ” from this year’s team scheduled to return.

“I think we’re going to have a strong core next year,” the coach said.

“All six of them set personal records at (last week’s) regionals and were poised to make a strong showing.”

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