Swimmers, divers win second straight dual meet
EVERGREEN – After a long and arduous exam week, the Summit High School girls swimming and diving team got exactly what it was looking for out of Friday’s double dual at Evergreen: revenge.Led by six event wins, the Lady Tigers narrowly edged the Conifer Lobos, 93-88.”We’ve had a lot of close meets this season,” Summit coach Laura Graf said. “This is one of the teams that beat us last year, so we’re very excited. Our team is driven by close competition.”Shauna Neely, Summit’s only active diver, won the diving competition with a score of 188.1. Other first-place finishers for the Tigers included Kylie Nilson (50-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Erin Gray (200 individual medley) and Micah Mesko (100 backstroke).It was also a big night for the Tigers’ 200 free relay team, which not only won its event with a time of 1 minute, 59.78 seconds, but came within four seconds of the state-qualifying standard.”We’re going to keep an eye on that group of swimmers and try to get them to be just a little faster,” Graf said. “That was the fastest 200 free relay team we’ve had in a long time.”The victorious relay team included Gray, Mesko, Nilson and Lacie Williams.Thus far, Neely is the only Tiger to qualifier for next month’s state meet in Fort Collins.Nilson, a two-time state qualifier in freestyle, still has a handful of chances to punch her ticket.In an effort to take some of the building pressure off of her junior standout, Graf switched Nilson from the 100 free to the 100 fly for Friday’s dual.”A little pressure is good but we don’t want it to be too much,” Graf said. “Also, when swimmers always swim the same events, it gets a little stale after a while. We decided to mix things up.”The mix-up didn’t seem to bother Nilson, as she won the 100 fly with a time of 1:12.56.The Lady Tigers’ season continues on Thursday when they host Dakota Ridge in a 4 p.m. dual. According to Graf, The Tigers are right where they need to be in their overall development.”We’re progressing slowly and surely, people are shaving seconds off their personal-best times,” she said. “That’s what we like to see at this stage of the game.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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