Summit High’s Gardner finishes 13th in state
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Summit County, Co Colorado
Summit High senior diver Sam Gardner capped off a brilliant season with a 13th-place finish at the Colorado State 4A Diving Championship in Fort Collins, Saturday.
“She had a very good season,” SHS diving coach Tasha Rosener said after the state meet. “She had a great start to the season … and really peaked with winning (the Jeffco 4A) league title.”
With hopes of a top-five finish in Fort Collins, Gardner started slow. After five dives, she was in 19th place, six spots out of a trip to the meet finals with only three more dives to go.
But Gardner stepped it up in the clutch, nailing dives six through eight and moving into 13th place.
In the finals, Gardner was unable to gain any ground on the girls ahead of her and remained in the same spot.
Despite not having the finish she had hoped, Gardner earned her second-best score of the season. On her 11 dives in the meet, she received 326.4 points.
“It was kind of touch and go for her today,” Rosener said. “She had kind of a rough start on some dives that are normally her best, but then really stepped it up to make the finals. … She stuck it out really well and kept a good attitude.”
One obstacle Gardner had to overcome on the day was competing as the lone Summit representative.
“No one else qualified for state for us,” Rosener said, “it can be hard being out there by yourself.”
Saturday’s meet capped off what had been a stellar season for the Summit season. Gardner qualified for state in the Tigers’ very first meet of the season and continued to push herself to learn new and more difficult dives.
Her hard work culminated in an individual league title.
“I think that winning leagues had been her major goal this year,” Rosener said. “She did that, and it was a very good year for her.”
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