SHS swimming and diving gets first win |

SHS swimming and diving gets first win

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FARMER’S KORNER ” When Glenwood’s boys swimming and diving team walked into Summit High School with only four active swimmers on Wednesday, the Tigers’ first victory of the season seemed like a foregone conclusion.

The Tigers, small in their own right with a roster of eight, took advantage of the atypical mismatch to win 84-48.

“We’re thankful for having a dual that we were mathematically in and we took advantage of it,” said SHS coach Mike Rathgeber, who has a few ill swimmers on his squad. “The fact that we’re not feeling well and didn’t have to push hard was a good thing.”

Co-captain Marshall Snead, who won the 500-yard freestyle as the only competitor, was among the unhealthy Tigers.

“I’ve had better days,” Snead said. “If I had swam the 500 hard today, I would have died.”

“We’d like to go home sometime tonight,” Rathgeber quipped at Snead as he was trudging his way to a 6:16.73 finish.

Snead wasn’t the only Tiger to compete alone on Wednesday.

Sophomore Luke Fatora won the diving competition by default.

“When there’s someone else there, it’s nice because you can put some pressure on yourself,” explained Fatora, who was the lone diver for the first time in his career. “You say, ‘OK, I’ve got to nail that one a little better than the other guy.'”

Despite executing seven consecutive dives for a score of 127.55, Fatora said fatigue was not a major factor.

“The announcer kind of gave me a break in between each dive,” he said. “I was able to catch my breath.”

Other Tiger victories came from Tom Sawyer (200 free, 100 fly,) Wil Snead (100 fly) and Andrew Marshall (100 back).

Of the day’s three relays, Summit won the 200 medley (Marshall, Justin Skall, Marshall Snead and Shane Meister) and the 400 free (Wil Snead, Marshall Snead, Sawyer and Marshall), while Glenwood (Alex Moore, Raphael Joly, Bryce McDermott and George Keeper) won the 200 free relay.

First-year Glenwood coach Keith Giezentanner seemed upbeat following Wednesday’s loss.

“You swim with who you’ve got,” Giezentanner said. “It’s tough to compete against larger teams, but individually I think we do real well ” we won several events today and I’m real pleased.”

Individual Demon victories came from Joly (200 IM, 100 breast) and Keeper (50 free).

“We’ve got some good swimmers,” said Giezentanner, who normally dresses five or six swimmers per outing. “We qualified in the 400 freestyle relay last week, so we’re progressing well.”

For Rathgeber, the Demons’ trip to Summit couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We needed a meet like today,” Rathgeber said. “It was good to have an easy one ” the timing was perfect.”

Although Rathgeber said he was glad to see his team enter the win column, he wasn’t exactly celebrating poolside.

“I’ve said it all along ” because we’re so small, duals are just glorified practices for us,” he said.

Summit will return to action Saturday at the Jeffco Relays in Arvada.

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at

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