Summit swimmers outlasted by Evergreen |

Summit swimmers outlasted by Evergreen

Daily Staff Writer

EVERGREEN – In Friday’s dual swim meet between Summit High School and Evergreen, the fresher team emerged with a victory.Evergreen, which has a whopping 44 swimmers, narrowly defeated the Tigers, 98-87.”I’m surprised how well we swam against a team with such big numbers,” Summit coach Laura Graf said. “They have twice as many swimmers as we do.”Fatigue played a huge factor in the meet as most of Summit’s swimmers were forced to compete in all four events: freestyle, breast stroke, butterfly and back stroke.Most of Evergreen’s swimmers, conversely, had the luxury of competing in just two events.”Evergreen was able to put fresh kids in the pool all night,” Graf said.The Tigers did not face Evergreen in a dual last season, but they did finish one place behind the Cougars at the league championship meet.Despite the loss, there were several high points for the Tigers.As usual, Kylie Nilson had a very strong performance, winning the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races.Nilson was also a member of the victorious medley relay team. She was joined by Mallory Kaufman, Erin Gray and Tessa Lindblade.Kaufman also won the 500-yard freestyle and Gray took top honors in the 100-yard breast stroke.On the diving side, captain Shauna Neely took first place for the second consecutive meet. “The morale is high,” Graf said. “We’re still riding a wave of excitement from the beginning of the year and that’s a good feeling.”The young Tigers seem to be gradually improving. Several rookies shaved between five and 10 seconds off of their previous times, according to Graf.”Our newer swimmers just keep improving, improving, improving,” she said. “Their development is a great thing for our team.”The schedule allows little rest for the weary Tigers who are now gearing up for Tuesday’s Jeffco 10 Relays at Englewood.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, or at