Summit High swim team swifter against Conifer
April 28, 2009
FARMER’S KORNER ” Summit swimmer Thomas Sawyer said it’s pretty simple: The more he and his teammates can compete in the pool, the better they’ll be.
“You don’t want to wear yourself down, but, for me, the appeal is the racing and not the monotonous swimming for training,” the senior said. ” … Every time you have a meet, you get more and more confidence.”
The confidence showed Tuesday in the Tigers’ home meet against Conifer High School at the SHS pool. After having only one meet in the past month, Summit lost by a close score of 117-68 to one of the stronger teams in the Jeffco League.
“I thought we did pretty well, considering the last few weeks,” SHS head coach Eric Godsman said.
Though Sawyer earned the Tigers’ only two wins on the day in swimming ” in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly ” his teammates had a number of solid finishes.
Justin Skall and Daniel Hagy finished second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle, and Lance Li Puma won the diving competition with a score of 99.30.
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“It wasn’t our personal best times or anything,” Hagy said afterward, “but considering (our meet last) Thursday, when all of us were really out of shape after spring break, it was pretty good. We all dropped some time off last week.”
Sam Provorse earned a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, and Skall finished second in the 500-yard freestyle by only 3 seconds.
Though the Tigers, on the score sheet, take the meet as a loss, Skall feels that his team has a simple solution to get to where it wants to be: hard work.
“That’s the biggest thing to focus on,” Skall said. “We have leagues in a week, and we really want to do well there. We just need to train harder than normal.”
The Tigers’ schedule now heats up down the final stretch of the spring season. They have another home dual-meet on Thursday against Lakewood High School at 5 p.m., before the Jeffco League Championships on May 8-9.
Will the rise in competition help Summit perform better?
“It’s definitely better than the last month we’ve had,” Sawyer said.
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