Skiers bolster SHS swim team in dual with Evergreen |

Skiers bolster SHS swim team in dual with Evergreen

FARMER’S KORNER – Josh Dayton doesn’t see many similarities between the starting line and the starting block.

During Nordic season, the Summit High School senior is all business before a race, a strategy that’s helped make him one of the best skiers in the state. Wednesday’s dual against Evergreen was Dayton’s first meet as a swimmer, and he found his approach to be a lot more relaxed.

“It’s quite a change,” he said after finishing sixth in the 100-yard freestyle Wednesday. “I haven’t really gotten used to it yet. I have a stronger passion for Nordic. I am extremely nervous before Nordic races. These races, I’m not too worried whether I win or lose, I’m just going out to see how I can do.”

Dayton and SHS Nordic teammate Kyle Ahern figured they would try their luck at swimming for the first time this spring. Fellow skier Pete Richmond, a junior in his third year with the swim team, helped coax the pair into the pool.

“I think Josh, Kyle and I are doing well, considering we came into the season almost half way through it,” said Richmond, who won Wednesday’s 50 free and helped the 200 freestyle relay team take first. “I’ve had a lot more experience than them, but they’re doing well for just starting out.”

Dayton will ski for Western State College next season and is using swimming to stay in ski shape. Ahern, a junior, also is a skier first and foremost. Richmond is less certain where his allegiance lies.

For Summit coach Graig Fischer, the reasons don’t matter. Just having an influx of good, fit athletes has helped the perennially short-numbered squad.

“They’re doing a pretty good job,” Fischer said. “Kyle had a four-second drop in the 100 free (he placed second). Josh was about a second and a half faster in the 100 free. So we saw some nice things.”

Summit lost the dual – its first since returning from spring break – by a score of 110-71. Richmond shaved some time from his previous fastest 50 free and teamed with John McGee, Josh Gammel and Eric Lowe for a state-qualifying time in the 200 free. Summit already has both freestyle relays qualified for state.

Lowe won the 500 free in 5 minutes, 40.79 seconds and was second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.42). McGee was second in the butterfly (1:05.63) and in the 200 individual medley (2:24.06). Summit diver Joe Baldwin was third with 155.85 points.

Summit has both its relays and four individual events (Richmond in the 50 and 100 freestyles and Lowe in the 200 free and 200 individual medley) qualified for state. With about three weeks remaining until the Jeffco League meet and a month before state, the stretch run is upon the Tigers.

“We’re going to pound them pretty good for the next three weeks,” Fischer said. “They’re going to be tired, and they’re going to be sore.”


Machebeuf 1, Summit 0

The Summit High girls soccer team could not build on the momentum of its first win a day earlier and fell 1-0 Wednesday to nonleague opponent Bishop Machebeuf.

The Buffaloes scored on a corner kick with one minute remaining in the first half in the process of out-shooting Summit 19-6.

“The play was a lot in the middle of the field,” said Summit coach Charlie Krupanszky. “And we carried quite a bit of the play. We just didn’t have quite as many opportunities as them.”

Jamie Norton helped keep Summit in the game with some solid netminding throughout.

“We had some chances in the second half,” Krupanszky continued. “We just weren’t able to get the equalizer. But we played strong right to the end.”

Summit (1-7-1 overall, 1-3-1 in the Class 4A Jeffco League) resumes league play Saturday at Golden.


Elizabeth 8, Summit 4

Despite out-hitting Elizabeth 9-5, the Summit High baseball team lost its third straight game Wednesday at All Star Park in Lakewood by a score of 8-4.

Summit’s Ryan Norton went 2-for-4 with a double, Jordy Lynch had two RBIs and Cole Denckla had a double and drove in a run, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Tigers from an early 6-2 deficit.

The Tigers fell to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in the 4A Jeffco League. They travel to Golden for a noon game on Saturday.

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