SHS swimmers drop tri-meet |

SHS swimmers drop tri-meet

LAKEWOOD – Low numbers hurt the Summit High School swimming and diving team in Saturday’s tri-meet at Carmody Pool. The Tigers had a first- or second-place finish in all but two events, but in the end the team couldn’t post enough points to surpass the larger Golden and Columbine squads.

Junior Eric Lowe turned in Summit’s only state qualifying time for the meet, posting 2-minutes, 0.83 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle and edging Golden’s Mike Gukuig for first place. Lowe also took first in the 500 free (5:35.52).

Senior Joe Baldwin brought home first place points as the sole diver for the Tigers. Summit’s other top finishers were John McGee in the 100 butterfly (1:04.52) and David Shaffer in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.32).

McGee and Shaffer finished 2-3 in the 200 individual medley, and sophomore Marc Miller and Baldwin finished second and third in the 100 backstroke.

Shaffer, McGee, and Lowe also contributed to Summit’s strong performances in the relays, forming the second-place 200 freestyle team with Josh Gammel and the second-place 400 freestyle team with Miller.

Coach Graig Fischer said he expects more team wins when the Tigers have a complete roster. Four Summit swimmers, including returning state qualifier Pete Richmond, are Nordic skiers and have been unable to compete with the swim team while they wrap up the winter season.

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