Summit swimmers end season in middle of pack |

Summit swimmers end season in middle of pack

FARMER’S KORNER – There are no more last chances to qualify for state finals for the Summit High School swimming and diving team, which had its final meet of the regular season Saturday, hosting 10 schools at Summit High. Of the 10, half were in the Class 4A Jeffco League and half were 5A schools. Summit took fifth, and was the top finisher of the 4As. Arvada West won the meet, followed by Green Mountain (2), Columbine (3) and Lakewood (4) high schools.

The Tigers’ results in Saturday’s meet were representative of where the team stands overall at the end of the season – in about the middle of its 18-team league.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get more kids in state,” said SHS head swim coach Graig Fischer. “We swam very well, and improved throughout the season. I still think we have state qualifiers on this team.”

Although two of Summit’s top divers – Tasha Rosener and Meg Schuman – did not compete Saturday, freshman Shauna Neely took third in diving – Summit’s best finish of the day – Rachel Bergstrom took fourth and Robin Lewarton took fifth. Rosener is the lone state qualifier the Tigers this season, and will practice all week for state, which takes place Friday and Saturday in Loveland.

“I thought it was an incredible season in terms of the overall depth of the divers, because we had Tasha, who’s obviously very experienced, then we had three freshman divers, so we were a pretty green team,” said SHS diving coach Julie Sutor. “We ended the season with six divers on the team to participate in the 11-diver meet, so I can’t even enter everyone who’s able to compete. The schools we’re up against, they have two divers at the most who can do that, so we have an incredible amount of depth. They’re some really talented kids, and they’re young so they have a long ways to go. They have a bright future.”

The Tigers will lose several seniors to graduation this year, including Sarah Hamilton, Kelsey Hamilton, Laura Schroeder, Sharon Wilkinson, Katie Breslin and Tyller Lindblade.

“This is the biggest group of seniors we’ve lost since I’ve been here,” Fischer said. “It’s the first group that’s gone through with me all four years. But, we’ll add to what we lose. We can’t replace what we’ve lost, but we can add to (the team).”

Although Fischer’s disappointed that more of his team isn’t going to state, he said that, all in all, the team moved smoothly into its new league this season, and handled the stiffer competition without a hitch.

“They’ve handled moving into this league a lot better than most people thought,” he said. “They’ll be stronger a year from now.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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