Linn takes helm of small Demon swim team |

Linn takes helm of small Demon swim team

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Not wanting the Glenwood Springs High School boys swim team to sink after all the hard work to keep it together last spring, some team members went on a recruiting mission ” for a coach that is.

They heard that new GSHS art teacher John Linn had swam competitively in high school and college, and asked if he’d be willing to coach the team this spring.

“Some of the boys heard I might be interested and approached me at the beginning of the school year, and I agreed,” said Linn, who is set to take his small team of five swimmers to the Grand Junction Relays to open the season today.

“It’s just our third week of practice, but we’re looking pretty strong so far,” Linn said earlier this week. “We should be able to put together a pretty decent medley relay team.”

The Demons return four swimmers from last year’s squad, seniors Luke Johnson and Alex Moore, and a pair of sophomores, Geoff Moore and Cole Newton. A third sophomore, Jonathan De Leo, also joins the team.

Alex Moore is the team’s back stroke and distance freestyle specialist, while brother Geoff Moore swims the breast stroke. Johnson specializes in the butterfly and breast strokes, and Newton is a sprint freestyle specialist.

De Leo may try a few different events before finding his niche, Linn said, but he may concentrate on the back stroke.

The Demons’ schedule includes six meets for the season, and will host their own multi-team meet April 25 at the Glenwood Community Center, inviting Delta, Montrose, Grand Junction and Moffat County.

The boys swim program at Glenwood was in jeopardy of being discontinued last spring after Jamie Kujawa, coach of the Sopris Barracudas youth swim club, had been slated to take over but then had to move away from the area. But Amanda Moore and Steve Vanderhoof stepped up and agreed to co-coach the Demons for the season.

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