Good times for Tiger swimmers at state meet
FARMER’S KORNER – First there was relief, then there was pride and accomplishment.
The Summit High School boys swimming team experienced many different emotions last weekend during the Class 4A state meet in Fort Collins, where it fulfilled its mission of a top-15 finish by taking 14th overall.
Before that, however, there was the matter of the health of third-year coach Graig Fischer. Fischer spent much of Friday’s preliminaries awaiting word on medical tests. He feared the worst but was diagnosed with a staph infection – a big relief.
With that weight off their shoulders, many of the Tigers turned in season-best performances.
“They improved throughout the meet,” Fischer said.
Fischer stacked the 400-yard relay with Summit’s best – Andy Richmond, Pete Richmond, Doug Borg and Eric Lowe. The team came through by dropping a whopping six seconds off their preliminary time to win the consolation final and place ninth in the state.
“It was a pleasant surprise,” Fischer said. “They were ready to swim the race.”
It was the last race of the meet, the season and the high school careers of seniors Borg and Andy Richmond.
“The kids finished off the meet on a high note,” Fischer said. “They’ll remember that for a while.”
The Tigers swam in nine events and made it to the consolation finals in six of them. They did not qualify for the finals (top eight) in any event.
The relays were Summit’s strong point as the 200 free relay team of Lowe, the Richmonds and first-year swimmer Jon Koetteritz placed 13th, fifth in the consolation finals.
Koetteritz was the only Summit swimmer making his first state appearance, and, early on, it showed.
“He was a little nervous in preliminaries,” Fischer said of the sophomore. “But as the meet went on, he was swimming better.
“It was a learning experience for him. It’s a huge plus, especially since he has two more years.”
Borg teamed with Pete and Andy Richmond and Koetteritz for a 14th-place in the medley relay.
The individual events did not go as well. Borg and Lowe both competed in the 500 free and the 200 free. They finished back-to-back in the 500 with Borg taking 15th and Lowe taking 16th. They missed the finals in the 200.
“It wasn’t quite what we expected,” Fischer said. “They would have liked to go faster than they did, but they got points for us, and they were swimming fast for us in the relays.”
Sophomore Pete Richmond had a solid showing in the 100 free, placing 12th. Fischer hopes it’s a sign of things to come.
“He’s got an awful lot of talent, we just have to get more out of him in the years to come,” Fischer said.
In the last individual race of his high school career, Andy Richmond placed 18th in the 100 breaststroke. He missed qualifying for the consolation finals by about three feet.
Fischer will run the club program this summer and expects to see a lot of Lowe, Pete Richmond and Koetteritz.
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