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Tiger teams wrap up seasons

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

Although the Summit High boys’ swimming and diving team’s season ended Saturday at the Jeffco League Meet, head coach Ryan Van Gundy couldn’t have been happier with his Tigers’ performances.

“I don’t know if we could have swam any better,” he said.

Hands down, though, the highlight of the meet came from the divers.

Summit’s Kevin Heil, Nick Adolph and Garrett Shelton finished 1-2-3, respectively, helping the Tigers to a fourth-place team finish in the meet – an impressive feat when you consider Summit had only eight kids on its roster.

The Tigers also came within 2 seconds of qualifying for state in the 200-freestyle relay and had all of their five main swimmers earn top-16 finishes in at least one event.

Senior Collin Thomas was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle and missed qualifying for state by 0.7 seconds.

“None of the swimmers on my team are year-round swimmers, and combined they have under 15 years of swimming among them – for 5 kids!” Van Gundy said. “For them to come that close to state was incredible.”

First-year swimmer, Tanner Sheldon qualified in the top-16 in both his events, dropping 2 seconds from his career-best 50-yard freestyle and 3 seconds in the 100 free. Senior Kyle Brown also posted his two best-ever times in the 50 and 100 free. Brown finished 10th in both races, while Sheldon was 13th in the 50 and 14th in the 100.

Thomas and Daniel Nagy finished an impressive fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Thomas’ finals time of 2:03.77 was more than 34 seconds faster than his season-opening time of 2:38.

Hagy also won the consolation final of the 500-yard freestyle, earning ninth place overall. Hagy chased down an opponent in the last 100 yards, finishing in a time of 5:48. In his last meet, Hagy swam the 500 free in 6:12.

Freshman Landon Skall also had an impressive swim for the Tigers, dropping 3 full seconds from his best 100-yard breaststroke time and touching out an opponent in the consolation final for ninth place.

Both of the Tigers’ relay teams finished in the top six in the meet.

All in all, Van Gundy was extremely impressed with his team.

“It was very rewarding to have all my swimmers do so well,” he said. “When you taper (your training at the end of the season), you either hit big or lose big. They hit big.”

After holding a slim halftime lead, the Tiger girls’ lacrosse team lost 11-10 in its first-round playoff matchup with St. Mary’s Academy on Thursday.

Senior Bri Barto scored five goals and freshman goalie Chelsea Christianson made 17 saves, but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers to overtake the Colorado lacrosse power.

“Only losing by one goal is a good game. We fought hard, just got outscored in the second half,” SHS head coach Kristin Elliott said.

The Tigers also received two goals from sophomore Ivy Marshall, and Hayley Colvin and Haley Anderson also scored.

Summit (12-4) won the Mountain League title this season.

Elliott hopes the team continues to grow.

“Hopefully we can continue this into next year, and we can go even farther,” she said.

The Summit High track and field team ended its season Saturday at the Jeffco League Meet in Lakewood.

The Tigers placed in two events at the meet, with the boys’ 4×200 relay team finishing an impressive seventh. Ridge Strickler, Diego Andraca, Curtis Dankof and Chris Braun combined for the race.

Also earning a top-10 finish in the meet was high jumper Hannah Price. The junior cleared 4 feet, 6 inches to earn ninth place.

SHS head coach Kristy McClain was pleased with her team’s season.

“They were a young team, but that’s OK, we just need to focus on next year,” the coach said.


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