Outnumbered at their own swim meet
“Bryce! Bryce! Bryce!” Glenwood Springs swim coach Keith Giezentanner yelled, finally winning Bryce McDermott’s attention on third shout. “You got it!”Then came the fist pumps. First, one from the coach. Then, once he realized he had just clocked a state meet-qualifying time in the 200-yard freestyle, one from McDermott.
And so began a high-spirited 2007 home debut for the Demon swimmers, who went up against larger teams from Montrose and Delta in a three-team Friday meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Pool.McDermott finished first in the 200 free, joining teammates Jamie Giezentanner (100 free) and Raphael Joly (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) as individual event winners.”My third 50 I went a little slow, but I was able to pick it up at the end,” McDermott said of his qualifying time of 1 minute, 58.95 seconds, which narrowly beat the state time of 1:59. “I think I can definitely swim faster.”
At today’s final of two home meets for Glenwood, McDermott will take aim at a qualifying time in the 500 free.Joly, a sophomore at Vail Christian, clocked in at 2:22.43 to top the field in the 200 IM before swimming a winning time of 1:05.82 in the 100 back. Jamie Giezentanner’s winning 100 free time was 54.65.Glenwood’s 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams, consisting of the team’s only four current eligible swimmers – Joly, Jamie Giezentanner, McDermott and Alex Moore – both placed second, while Giezentanner added a second-place finish in the 50 free and Alex Moore a third in the 200 freestyle.
Montrose beat out both Delta and Glenwood in the team standings. With scoring handled as if it were a dual meet, the Indians outscored Glenwood 634-199 and Delta 638-244. Delta beat Glenwood 261-204.No big deal, said coach Keith Giezentanner, who saw more than enough in terms of relay and individual performance to warrant satisfaction. The first-year coach was also happy to successfully complete a home meet.”It’s a relief. (Today’s) will be easy,” he joked. “Seriously, it was good. It was good getting a state time and it was good improving our seed times in several events. I’m pleased with the boys. They swam well.”
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