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Montrose Marlins : Coaches and Board of Directors
Coach of Senior, Zoomers, and Masters
has been coaching for the Marlins
for over 25 years.
A high school swimmer himself, he
has developed the Montrose Marlins Swim Team into a high quality swim team on the Western Slope.
coaches our older swimmers - 12 and overs and also our Masters group.
occasionally helps out with our Zoomer Groups.
Over the years, he
has coached several Division I swimmers and a National Champion Division III swimmer.
Silas is also a math teacher at Montrose High School.
The little time he
spends away from the pool, he
spends hiking, skiing, and surfing.
Watch Newspapers - Montrose Swimmers Set Sights on League Championship
MONTROSE - While it may be too early to make a lot of predictions, longtime Montrose High School swim coach Silas Almgren believes he has a solid team to compete at a high level this season.
has won the league the past three years and our goal will be to move into that top spot," Almgren
"We have a big enough group to do it and we are going to do everything we can control to move into that top spot."
With a high number of returning swimmers along with some new faces in the sophomore and junior class, there are 23 swimmers and four divers currently swimming for the Indians
The numbers are solid enough to fill the 16 swimmers and three divers needed to fully compete in the season's meets.
"This is a real dominant group and I think we are real fortunate to get some new bodies on the team," Almgren
, who is in his
18th year of coaching, said.
With the season underway, the competition will kick into high gear this weekend as the Indians
host the two-day Montrose Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Montrose will host two more home meets on April 9 and April 22 when it will host Moffat County High School
Perhaps the biggest test for the Indians
, as Almgren
said, will be the meet in Grand Junction
on April 30.
MHS head coach Silas Almgren ...
MHS head coach Silas Almgren gave his nod of admiration to strong teams from Grand Junction and Durango and mentioned how pleased he was to have Cherry Creek High School participate in the Montrose Invitational.
Team standings at the end of Friday's competition had Cherry Creek
in first with 376 points, followed by Grand Junction (270), Durango (263), and Montrose (141).
Montrose High School's
Peter Thomas records laps during the 1,000-yard freestyle event Friday afternoon at the Montrose Aquatic Center.
(William Woody / Daily Press)
"It's a good opportunity for our young swimmers to gain experience and for our veterans to get in shape," Almgren
expressed his appreciation for the performance of Andrew Kolowich.
Five weeks of hard work really showed in some really good swims," said Almgren
Almgren named Teacher of the ...
Almgren named Teacher of the Year
MONTROSE - Montrose High mathematics teacher and swimming coach Silas Almgren made a big splash outside of the pool this school year.
received the 2008-2009 Montrose County School District
Teacher of the Year award.
was chosen from among 17 other nominees in Montrose and Olathe schools.
Along with a plaque, Almgren
received a check from Alpine Bank
was surprised to have won the award.
"I am very overwhelmed because I don't see myself in this capacity," Almgren
"There are countless teachers out there that put in so many hours and dedicate themselves to teaching.
This is really an honor and I accept it for all the fine teachers in our schools."
moved to Montrose when he
was in fourth-grade.
He became a teacher in 1992, starting at Columbine Middle School.
then went on to teach in Ridgway for three years before coming back to Columbine.
For the past six years, he has been a math teacher and swimming coach at Montrose High.
acknowledged his parents, Roger and Sharon Almgren, for his success.
Silas Almgren, MHS
Watch Newspapers - Montrose High Girlsâ€™ Swim Team Has Plenty of Depth
MONTROSE - Silas Almgren, Montrose High's swim coach for almost 20 years, has seen it all, but says it's too early to make predictions about the coming season since practice just started last week.
"We just had our first practice last Friday, so obviously it's way to early to tell" what the season will be like, Almgren
said, or how the league competition will shape up.
Foster, a diver, is training under Michelle Cimalglio, who Almgren
says is "a solid diving coach."
Training under Almgren
has also paid off for Stucky, who just signed a letter of intent on Wednesday for a scholarship to swim for the University of California at Santa Barbara, Calif.
The team also has a strong set of juniors, and a large but experienced group of freshmen, who got a lot of experience and training in middle school, Almgren
"There are small changes in high school, but they will pick it up.
They already know how to work hard," he
The Montrose swimmers will face 11 other high schools in league competition, and with "typically 60 to 64 teams" at the Class 4A state meet, Almgren
said, where the difference between winning and losing comes down to 10ths of a second.
Though the team has competed in meets all over the Western Slope, in recent years the focus has been on preparation, Almgren
said, and most meets have been in the Uncompahgre Valley or the Grand Valley, where many meets are held at Mesa State in Grand Junction.
The team's first meet will be Dec. 4-5 in Montrose at the Montrose Aquatic Center
, where the second home meet will also be held on Jan. 21.
For the rest of the season the team will compete around the area, mostly at Mesa State, and will travel as far as Denver to watch other meets, Almgren
Regionals are the first weekend in February at Mesa State in Grand Junction, with state competition a week later in Fort Collins, he
said it doesn't bother him much that fans don't show up for swim meets like they do for other sports, like football.
said most people who come to meets are "parents or peers," and many people don't totally "get" swimming competition because the nuances are hard to see.
"People get excited about swimming every four years for the Olympics, but (locally) it's very exciting for teams and parents and for those in the know," Almgren
"We try to do the best we can to tell people about what's going on, but they have to come, and with time, they will see the nuances."
People who attend meets regularly come to appreciate the athleticism that it takes to be a competitive swimmer, Almgren
"It requires power and conditioning and tremendous focus," he
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