SHS swimmers mix it up, enter break on a fun note
ENGLEWOOD – Even though it finished sixth out of eight teams at Tuesday’s Jeffco 10 relays, the Summit High School swim and dive team got just what it was looking for. “This meet has always been considered our fun meet,” Summit coach Laura Graf. “We allowed the girls to choose events that they hadn’t competed in before.”Graf said that after getting a few serious meets under their belts, the Tigers went into Englewood looking for a low-stress, yet competitive atmosphere. By exposing her swimmers to new events, Graf hopes some of them will take to new disciplines in future competitions. “The girls were able to mix it up and be flexible,” Graf said. “It’s very good for our team.”Competing in nine different relay events, the Tigers took four fourths, two fifths and three sixth-place finishes. Most of the categories at the Jeffco 10, such as the 500-yard freestyle crescendo and the 400-yard individual medley, do not take place at the majority of Summit’s meets.The Tigers took sixth in the crescendo, in which four racers swam 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards respectively.Sophomore Brittany Moore swam the third leg of the anomalous relay.”Brittany is normally a backstroke sprinter,” Graf said. “It was impressive to see her try a longer event and do well in it.”Graf also applauded junior Chelsea Seegers for “leaving her comfort zone and contributing to the team,” by competing in the 400-yard individual medley relay. “She is a newer swimmer and she stepped up to swimming every stroke,” Graf said. “That’s what a coach is looking for.”Pacing Summit’s 200-yard butterfly relay team was sophomore Alyson Brozovich.”Fly is the hardest stroke to learn,” Graf said. “Alyson especially, really put herself on the line to try something new.”Junior standout Kylie Nilson had another strong performance, according to Graf. She swam either first or last in all three of her events – two medleys and a freestyle.Summit’s dive team did not compete in Englewood.Shauna Neely, Summit’s top diver opted out of the Jeffco 10 in order to train for an upcoming invitational meet.Neely will travel to Fort Collins on Saturday to compete in the 11-dive Colorado Swim Coaches Association Invite.The Tigers have begun their holiday break and will not compete again until Jan. 5, when they will host a dual with Golden.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at email@example.com.
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