SHS swimming and diving team places sixth at Jeffco relays
ENGLEWOOD – Laura Graf isn’t worried about the SHS swimming and diving team’s finish at Tuesday’s Jeffco 10 relays in Englewood. The Tigers head coach had every reason to be. It was the last competition before the team dispersed for holiday break. SHS finished sixth in the seven-team meet and failed to place higher than fourth in any of the 11 events, but Graf said she was actually encouraged by her team’s performance.”Our emphasis wasn’t on winning,” Graf said by phone on Wednesday. “We only could’ve qualified for state in three events. I wanted to mix up the pairings and get inexperienced and experienced swimmers on the same relay. I felt like we accomplished what we wanted to.”Graf’s methods for picking the quartets weren’t exactly scientific.”We literally picked names out of a hat for the relay pairings,” Graf said. “The (Jeffco 10 relays) is an annual thing – just a chance to get the teams in the water before we break for the winter. … It’s a good stress reliever before finals week.”Ralston Valley (174 points), D’Evelyn (156) and Evergreen (128) were the top three teams. Although their team scores dwarfed that of SHS’ (74), Graf feels confident that when the team returns to the water in January, it will have a “fighting chance to place high in league.””The girls have got the chance to see swimmers from other schools and what they can do,” Graf said. “It’s make or break time when we get back. We’re going to go over our team and individual goals. … I think that with the way our team has grown, we will be able to reach them.”SHS divers Nicole Luby and Savannah Guglielmo combined for 134.5 points, good enough for fourth-place. Megan Hartman, Kayla Gray, Abby Ferguson and Sharayah Dossett pulled together in the 400-yard relay for the team’s other fourth place finish, with a time of 4 minutes, 50.75 seconds.The Tigers will return to action when they host Pomona on Jan. 8.Josh Salerno can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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