SHS fish dominate, but lose second straight
FARMER’S KORNER – Leading from the beginning, the Summit High School swim and dive team was in good spirits throughout its meet Wednesday against 5A visitor Green Mountain. But with half as many swimmers as the Rams, like many of the teams they face, the Tigers knew the lead wasn’t safe.In the end, Summit won eight events to Green Mountain’s four, but still lost by three points, 90-87. The loss came on the heels of last week’s six-point defeat to Skyview – a meet in which the Tigers won 10 of the 12 events.”I’m really tired of losing these close races,” Summit senior co-captain Marc Miller said. Green Mountain coach Andrea Griffin barely counted the meet as a win for the Rams.
“We won by numbers,” she said. “I don’t like to win like that. (Summit) swam a better meet than us, and I hope they know that.”Miller was the big point scorer for the Tigers (1-4), winning two events on his own, the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and two as the first leg of winning relay teams, the 200 medley and 400 free.Miller’s win in the 200 free was his first of the season in that event, and the first time he had beaten teammate Marshall Snead. Miller tapped out Snead by a quarter of a second to end the sophomore’s winning streak in the 200 free at four. The last time Snead didn’t win both the 500 and the 200 frees was the first meet of the year against Lakewood.”(Snead’s) had it coming for a while,” Miller said. “It feels good to finally win.””We’re always fighting to beat each other, and it’s always nice to have that,” Snead said.
Winning two-thirds of the events, the Tigers’ top swimmers had no trouble keeping up with the best Green Mountain had to offer. Summit lost the meet in the lower half of the finishers. If SHS swimmers (the divers, Tim Gurule and Lindsey Emore took first and second, respectively) had finished second instead of third in two events, the Tigers would have won.Senior co-captain David Shaffer believes the younger swimmers are getting better and can make the difference sooner than later. “I definitely think they can do it,” he said. “We just have to keep swimming hard.”Other winners in Wednesday’s meet included Josh Gammel in the 50 free, Shaffer in the 100 free and Snead in the 500 free. The most impressive feat of the night went to Snead. The Tigers’ long-distance specialist swam the 500 free (20 lengths of the pool) in 6 minutes, 19.77 seconds, 1:25 minutes faster than the second-place Ram swimmer. Then, in the next event, Snead swam the anchor leg of the Tigers’ second-place 200 free relay team.
Summit coach Mike Rathgeber was pleased by Snead’s effort.”We asked him to do it and he did it,” Rathgeber said. “That’s part of being on this team.”SHS has spring break next week. After the week off, the Tigers will enjoy their fifth straight home meet Tuesday, April 12, when they host the Jeffco Relays. Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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