Swimmers take sixth at League meet
summit daily news
ENGLEWOOD ” By the numbers, the Summit High School swim team’s performance at the Jeffco 10 League championship finals was disappointing. The team was shooting for fourth, but fell to sixth in the final day of competition.
But for coach Laura Graf, Saturday’s accolades gleamed brighter than the ho-hum finishes. Senior Erin Gray won the Jeffco 4A Swimmer of the Year award and coach Laura Graf went home as the Jeffco 4A Coach of the Year.
“To get both of those is a huge honor,” Graf said. “That’s recognition.”
Graf was selected by her Jeffco coaching peers for her award. She said sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and being a role model went into consideration.
The criteria for Gray’s Swimmer of the Year award included contribution to the sport, GPA, and community involvement.
Most of the SHS swimmers in Saturday’s finals didn’t capture additional places, according to Graf. As the Tigers’ only top-8 finalist, Gray held on to her sixth-place qualifying spot (1 minute, 19 seconds and 80 tenths). Lacie Williams, who qualified ninth in the 500 freestyle Friday, fell to 10th place (6:22.20) in her semifinals swim on Saturday. Mallory Kaufman followed suit, dropping from a ninth-place qualifying swim on Friday in the 100 butterfly to a 10th-place (1:14.39) semifinals finish on Saturday.
Summit won’t be sending any swimmers ” in relays or individual events ” to the State meet. Saturday was the last chance to qualify.
Summit’s scoring hit a bright spot in the diving event, with lone SHS competitor Samantha Gardner grabbing a fourth place (273.85) in the 11-dive meet.
“For this being her first year, that’s really good,” Graf said. “She was only 25 points away from qualifying for State.”
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