Home sweet home for Glenwood swimmers
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” It was about time Glenwood Springs’ boys swimmers had the chance to hop in their home waters, Demon sophomore Jon De Leo said.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” he said. “We spend a lot of time on that little mini bus.”
De Leo and his teammates spent no time on a mini bus Saturday, welcoming three schools to the Glenwood Springs Community Center for the Demon invitational, Glenwood’s only home meet of the season.
Although the four-man Demon team, which suited up only three swimmers on Saturday, didn’t fare all that well in the team scoring, individuals made strides, with several shaving precious seconds off personal bests.
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Geoffrey Moore dropped his time in the 100 breaststroke by about a second, accounting for the Demons’ top finish in the process. He took third with a 1 minute, 15.62 second clocking.
De Leo dropped roughly two seconds off both his 50-yard freestyle (29.9) and 100 backstroke time (1:18.38).
District 51, a collection of swimmers from Grand Junction-area schools, came away the day’s big winners in the team scoring. They outgunned Delta (152-57), Glenwood (174-14) and Moffat County (164-37) in the dual score battles.
Delta won two of its three matchups. Moffat County took one of three and Glenwood dropped three.
But Saturday was less about times and scores for the home team. It was more about honing their skills in familiar environs.
“It’s definitely nice to swim at our own place,” Glenwood coach John Linn said. “We practice here every day at 6 a.m. and jump off the box every day. It’s nice to have that home-team advantage.”
Next up for Linn and the Demons is a trip to Moffat County next Saturday and then the Western Slope League meet at Montrose the following weekend.
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