Rey swims to 1st place in two events, Demons take 6th at Jeffco Invite
LAKEWOOD – The Glenwood Springs boys swim team is small in number, but continue to grow in respect among Colorado’s Class 4A competitors.
Competing at the annual Jeffco Invitational against some of the best of the sport, statewide, the Demons finished sixth in the team standings and had two first-place times posted by freestyler Chris Rey.
Glenwood scored 182 team points, the third-best among Western Slope teams which participated at last weekend’s meet.
The District 51 Griffins, a combined team which consists of swimmers from Grand Junction, Fruita Monument, Grand Junction Central and Palisade high schools won the team championship with 260 points. Western Slope rival Montrose was second with 259 points. Evergreen was third.
Glenwood came within three points of fifth-place Arvada West’s 185 points.
Rey won the 100 freestyle in 50.0 seconds and clocked the fastest 200 freestyle time with a mark of 1 minute, 52.1 seconds.
Brothers Bobby and Damian Gucwa finished third and fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.6 and 1:03.9, respectively.
The two brothers also had fourth-place times in individual events. Damian’s 1:55.0 time was good enough for fourth in the 200 freestyle.
Bobby’s fourth-place individual time of 55.10 came in the 100 butterfly.
Steven Jay also finished fourth in the 500 freestyle in 5:16.20 and came in seventh in the individual medley.
In the 200 medley relays, Glenwood finish in 10th place with a time of 1:52.7.
The Demons are scheduled to swim at Montrose on Friday afternoon.
The following week, Glenwood concludes the regular season with a meet against the Griffins at the Orchard Mesa Municipal Pool in southwestern Grand Junction.
Prior to competing at the state 4A meet at Mountain View High School in Loveland, the Demons will participate at the annual two-day Western Slope District Championship meet on May 9-10.
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