Sawyer looking like a butterfly state contender |

Sawyer looking like a butterfly state contender


LOVELAND – When the cream of Colorado’s boys high school swimming crop convened for the CHSCA invite on Saturday in Loveland, Summit High School’s Tom Sawyer rose to the top.”It’s looking more and more like we could have a state champion here,” SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said after Sawyer took ninth overall and second among 4A 100-yard butterfly competitors. “That was clearly established tonight, and it’s only March.”Sawyer finished just three-tenths of a second behind Saturday’s fly champion, while swimming a personal-best of 56.3 seconds.The Colorado High School Coaches Association invite was only open to swimmers who had qualified for May’s state meet early in the season.”This meet pretty much indicates who’s tops in each event,” Rathgeber said. “Anybody who’s anybody is going to be at this meet.”Sawyer, a speedy sophomore, who also represented the Tigers in the 400 free and 200 medley relays, took ninth (fifth in 4A) in the 200 individual medley.Of the 40 teams competing on Saturday, 29 were 5A and just 11 were 4A.The Tigers’ 200 medley relay team, which also included Marshall Snead, Andrew Marshall and Justin Skall finished 17th; and the 400 free relay team, (same line up except for Wil Snead instead of Skall) finished 21st.”It’s not bad,” Rathgeber said of the Tigers’ relay results. “But we have higher expectations.”Still, Summit’s coach seemed upbeat while traveling home from the Front Range.”Overall the relays were strong today – they maintained,” Rathgeber said. “And Thomas took an enormous step forward.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at

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