Summit lapped in home dual by 5A Columbine
FARMER’S KORNER – There’s only so much a 4A swim team with nine active swimmers can do against a 5A school that features 25.Nevertheless, the Tiger boys did their best Friday before falling to Columbine, 104-62 in a home dual.”Columbine is a solid 5A school and we knew that,” Summit coach Mike Rathgeber said. “So we focused on personal bests. In that aspect, we did OK.”The Tigers were led by freshman Tow Sawyer, a triple-winner in his second consecutive dual. Sawyer won the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly before swimming with the victorious 400 free relay team. The foursome, which also includes Josh Gammel, Marshall Snead and Will Snead, qualified for the state competition March 29. Gammel, a senior captain, also won the 100 free and took second in the 50 free by swimming a personal-best time of 25.3 seconds. Lindsay Emore finished second in the diving competition with 111 points and teammate Tim Gurule scored 121 points as an exhibition diver. Gurule, a senior who recently rejoined the Tigers’ small diving contingent, is still working towards his minimum-practice requirement.Given Columbine’s inherent advantages, Rathgeber wasn’t discouraged by the loss. “Like we said at the beginning, dual meets are not our focus,” he said. “With that, we’re still 2-3 in duals, which is not bad. We don’t mind that at all.”Two of the Tigers’ three remaining duals are against 5A teams. Summit begins the week with a home dual against 4A Glenwood on Monday. It will then compete in the 14-team Jeffco Invite, Friday and Saturday at Meyer’s pool in Arvada.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at email@example.com.
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