SHS fish split home meet with 5A pair
FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School boys swimmers and divers continue to squeeze every available ounce of energy out of their bodies.The Tigers, undermanned as usual, split a home triangular meet with 5A Arvada West and Wheat Ridge on Tuesday, beating the Wildcats but losing to the Farmers. Summit’s 108 points easily outscored A-West (72), and even challenged powerful Wheat Ridge’s 137.”We’re getting everything out of what we’ve got – and more,” SHS head coach Mike Rathgeber said. “We ask people to do things that seem to be above and beyond what they’re capable of, and they come through.”The meet set Summit’s team record at 2-5 overall.
Junior diver Tim Gurule led the way individually, putting everything together on the board to win the event with a season-high 165.6 points. He still is a long shot to qualify for the state meet (he’d need to score 180 or better twice), but on Tuesday he was simply focused on bringing into the meet what he spent the past week working on.After trying to improve his height and clean up his entries, Gurule did just that.”I just cleaned them all up,” he said of his six dives. “I don’t know. For some reason it was just coming together for me. Other meets it’s been really rough.”Senior co-captain Marc Miller and sophomore Andrew Marshall joined Gurule in the ranks of individual victors. Miller won the 50-yard freestyle, and Marshall took top honors in the 200 individual medley.
The Tigers’ 400 free relay foursome (Marshall Snead, David Shaffer, Josh Gammel and Miller) also won in the day’s final race.Although the odds are extra long individually, two of Summit’s relay teams still have a decent shot at qualifying for the state meet. The 400 free team is about two and a half seconds off the 3:51.8 minimum, while the medley relay’s season best is about three seconds off the 1:56 required.It can get frustrating for the swimmers, being so close to the carrot but remaining unable to touch it. This is especially true right now for the medley squad.”We’re in a rut right now,” said Gammel, who swims the butterfly leg. “We can’t get the medley under two minutes.”
“If it’s going to happen,” Rathgeber said Tuesday, “it’s going to happen at the league meet, in a fast pool. This is not a fast pool.”Summit will host its seventh meet of the year on Thursday, an unusually high number that is due to the shortage of high school pools on the Front Range, and the resulting high usage fees.The Tigers also are gearing up for the Jeffco League meet April 29-30, their final chance to qualify for state.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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