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Eagle County swimmers splashing for cash

Glenwood Springs boys swim coach Mark Bauer, center, and his team are being forced to raise the money to keep their program going. Local high school swimmers from Eagle Valley and Vail Christian are part of the Glenwood program, since there's no high school swimming in Eagle County. If they cannot keep their program afloat, there will be no boys high school swimming between Grand Junction and Conifer.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Dedication looks like young Jack Cassidy and Sebastian Joly.

Cassidy and Joly travel to Glenwood Springs every day to train for their sport, swimming, because Eagle County’s schools have no swimming program. Cassidy is an Eagle Valley High School sophomore. Joly attends Vail Christian High School.

Now they and their Glenwood Springs High School teammates are being forced to raise the money to keep their team alive. The Roaring Fork school district cut funding for the program.

They’re saving $9,000.

So, Cassidy, Joly and their Demon teammates are not only training for their upcoming season, they’re fundraising furiously to make sure they have one.

“If we cannot raise the money there will be no boys high school swimming program between Grand Junction and Conifer,” Cassidy said. “We are determined not to let that happen.”

The Demon Splash for Cash swim meet will help them on their way. It’s an all-comers/all-abilities meet, and it’s $35 to enter.

They’re hoping to get the local swimming and triathlon community out there supporting high school swimming.

“It’s a lot of work trying to raise the money but really worthwhile,” Cassidy said. “It’s great when I talk to people who seem like they’re totally interested in my sport and want to know how my team and I are doing. I hope lots of swimmers and triathletes show up for the meet, not just to help us raise money but to also show their support for swimming in general.”

The Glenwood High School team has swimmers from Eagle Valley High School, Vail Christian High School, Glenwood Springs High School, Aspen High School, and Battlement Mesa.

They’ve put together hundreds of dollars worth of prizes from local businesses such as the Vail Racquet Club, Mountain Pedaler, restaurants, sporting good stores.

The team had one of its best seasons ever last year. They won two individual titles at the regional championships and two other top six finishes.

Four of their five swimmers qualified for the 4A state championships.

“It was the first time in several years that Glenwood Springs High School sent swimmers to states,” Cassidy said.

We had one top eight finish; one top 16 and their medley relay came in 14th.

“We had an amazing season, with just five fulltime swimmers competing,” Cassidy said.

It’s what keeps Cassidy rolling back and forth in the pool and between Eagle and Glenwood Springs where the pool and his team are located.

“It’s a huge commitment, but it’s my sport,” Cassidy said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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