Swimmers hold their own at Patriot Invitational | SummitDaily.com

Swimmers hold their own at Patriot Invitational

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DENVER – Summit High School boys swimming and diving coach Mike Rathgeber wants his team to compete with the big boys as often as possible.For that reason, he spent time during the offseason seeking out high-end meets, like George Washington High School’s Patriot Invitational at Denver University.”It’s a change from last year’s schedule,” Rathgeber said after his team finished 12th out of 20 teams (17 5A) on Saturday. “But this team seems to need it and can handle it.”Considering its small numbers and 4A status, Summit’s result was more than respectable.”The average team showed up with 20 swimmers,” Rathgeber said. “We showed up with six and beat eight teams.”Only one 4A team (Moffat, 98 points) finished ahead of the Tigers (91). Smoky Hills was victorious with 347 points.Summit sophomore Tom Sawyer led his team with a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, impressive considering he was seeded ninth.Each of Saturday’s individual events featured 40-50 competitors, while each relay event included an average of 20 teams.Sawyer also took seventh in the 200 individual medley, and was part of the 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams that took seventh and 10th, respectively.The 400 free relay team, which, like the 200 medley relay team includes Marshall Snead, Andrew Marshall and Justin Skall, shaved four seconds off its time from Thursday’s season opener.Snead took 11th in the 50 free and 12th in the 500 free; Marshall finished 10th in the 100 backstroke; and Skall took 13th in both the 100 breast and the 200 free.Summit’s next meet is a home dual against Pomona, Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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