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Fischer deals with health questions, state meet

Jason Starr

Third-year Summit High School swimming coach Graig Fischer has an impossible task this weekend. He must coach the Summit swimming team at the biggest meet of the year while awaiting word on medical tests that could reveal a life-threatening illness.

Fischer was out of school Tuesday and Wednesday getting an abscess drained. Doctors are running tests, and Fischer expects results today, during state-meet preliminaries. At worst, he said, cancer is a possibility.

“I’m going to do what I do at every meet,” Fischer said before the team left for Fort Collins Thursday afternoon. “I’ll be there to coach and encourage our kids to do well.”

Former SHS boys basketball coach Jud Joyce oversaw the workouts of Summit’s five state qualifiers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fischer thinks the team didn’t miss a beat without him.

“At this time of year, the kids know what they’re supposed to do,” Fischer said. “They have been good about doing the things we’ve asked them to do.”

Summit’s five swimmers will compete in seven events. The Tigers finished 11th in Class 4A the past two years but are a little less experienced than they’ve been in the past.

“We’d have to swim awfully well to do that well,” Fischer said.

Eric Lowe and Doug Borg figure to grab Summit’s highest finish in the 500-yard freestyle. The Tigers’ other strong event is the 400 freestyle relay, in which Lowe and Borg will team with Pete and Andy Richmond.

Summit’s medley relay will consist of Borg, the Richmonds and John Koetteritz, and the 200 relay will be the Richmonds, Koetteritz and Lowe.

Andy Richmond will compete in the 100 breaststroke, and Pete Richmond will swim in the 100 free. Borg and Lowe also will tackle the 200 free.

On Tuesday, Lowe sustained an injury to the bridge of his nose that required stitches, but he should be fit to swim today.

Everyone in the SHS community hopes Fischer is just as healthy.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at

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