Summit High: Tiger swimmers impress in home finale
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FARMER’S KORNER ” Coming into the final length of the 200-yard freestyle relay, Summit trailed by nearly a full body length with less than 25-yards remaining. But SHS senior Thomas Sawyer gained ground with each powerful stroke, stretching through the water and eventually out touching his opponent by a mere 0.62 seconds.
“I was really excited that we won that relay,” Sawyer said.
The relay win highlighted the Summit High boys’ swimming and diving team’s final home meet of the season, which ended in a 115-53 loss to Lakewood High School Thursday at the SHS pool.
“That was a good race for us,” SHS head coach Eric Godsman said of the 200-free relay. “We earned a state cut by about 0.25 seconds, which was great.”
With earning the qualifying time, the Tigers now have earned a state cut in all three of their relay events.
In addition to the relay win, Sawyer also earned two individual wins of his own, closing out his career in the SHS pool on a high note. He won both the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke.
“I was excited for my 100 fly today,” Sawyer said. “The time I got was the fastest that I’ve ever had in this pool and the fastest I’ve gotten this year.
“For us seniors, this was our last home meet, so we were pumped up. I was happy with it.”
Sawyer wasn’t the only senior to have a standout day in the pool, though. Fellow senior Justin Skall swam the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02. 58, earning him a third-place finish.
“Even though it’s not a state cut, it’s what I’m looking for out of him,” Godsman said. “Hopefully, he can get that cut at Leagues.”
Skall, along with juniors Collin Thomas and Kyle Brown, was also part of the winning 200-free relay team.
Daniel Hagy also had a solid meet, cutting a full second off his time in the 500-yard freestyle race.
The Tigers, with the regular season out of the way, now prepare for the Jeffco League Championships which take place next week.
Godsman is pleased with where his team is and feels that his swimmers are ready to have a solid league meet.
“It’s starting to look good for the rest of the season,” the coach said. “I think with a few more times in the pool, they should be ready to go.”
Brown, who competed in four events Thursday, said that he also feels his team is on the right track.
“I think we’re getting a lot strong,” the junior said. ” … Mostly, we need to work on endurance. I’ll start well, then fade a bit.”
The Jeffco meet takes place May 8-9 at Meyers Pool in Arvada.
Earlier in the week, Sawyer found out that he was awarded a college scholarship by the Masonic Lodge. Sawyer, who is planning on attending the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, said that he was chosen from a state-wide pool of candidates.
“I had gotten a local scholarship from them, and the I applied for the state one, and I got it,” the senior explained.
Sawyer said that the scholarship contributes $7,000 toward his tuition for up to four years of schooling.
Though he hasn’t completely decided whether or not he will swim at Mines, Sawyer said he likes the option.
“I haven’t quite made up my mind,” he said, “but it would be really fun to swim for them.”
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