SHS swimmers, divers continue stellar season
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FARMER’S KORNER – Summit’s Nick Adolph probably shouldn’t have been competing in the Tiger boys’ swimming and diving meet on Thursday. Despite having a fever, the senior not only won the meet’s diving competition but also helped the shorthanded Tigers out by swimming a leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay.
“We have that teamwork going, even the kids that are divers; everyone is just jumping in where we need them to help out,” SHS head coach Ryan Van Gundy said.
And that may be the reason the Tigers continue to put up impressive numbers in the pool this year despite only having eight kids on the roster.
Although Summit lost Thursday to Standley Lake 98-64 in a Jeffco League duel match, the Tigers continued to cut time in each event.
“They’re really improving fast,” Van Gundy said. “It’s scary.”
In all, Summit won five events in the meet, including two from Collin Thomas
The meet began with the 200-yard medley relay, and after falling into third place early on, the Tigers made a charge. Senior Kyle Brown started the second leg more than a full-body length behind the second-place racer, but, after some swift flip turns, made up the difference and helped Summit to finish second.
“Those are those little things that I keep telling them to do and they wonder why we’re doing it,” Van Gundy said. “We would have gotten third, and he really brought us back.”
Then, Thomas swam the 200-yard freestyle in a blistering 2 minutes and 11 seconds, shaving 5 seconds off his previous fastest time. He won the event, and teammate Daniel Hagy finished in second.
Freshman Landon Skall was third in the 200-yard IM right after, and Brown then won the 50-yard freestyle with teammate Garrett Shelton right behind him in second place.
In diving, Adolph and Shelton finished 1-2 for Summit.
“The divers did awesome. They both beat their records for the season, so far,” Tiger head diving coach Joe Baldwin said.
Baldwin added that both divers have improved immensely in such a short time.
“Nick, who just started this year, is doing incredible,” Baldwin said. “He’s already doing better than I ever thought he would. And Garret’s really coming along too.”
The Tigers then picked up wins from Hagy in the 100-yard butterfly and Thomas in the 100 free.
Hagy’s win, though, didn’t come easily. The Tiger senior was neck-and-neck the entire race with his Standley Lake opponent but pulled out the win with a strong push in the final five yards.
“That’s just hard work paying off,” Van Gundy said.
The Tigers now have a lengthy break before getting back in the pool for competition with spring break starting this weekend. And during the break from school, Summit’s pool will be drained, leaving the swimmers to practice on their own.
Van Gundy isn’t exactly excited about it.
“It’s at a really, really horrible time – the worst time it could be at just right in the middle of the season,” he said. “But it’s just another thing that they’ll have to overcome.
“That first week back, I’ll make sure they get back into shape.”
Summit’s next meet is scheduled for April 22 at Englewood.
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