Tigers build on experience at unorthodox meet
GOLDEN – Unconventional methods can sometimes lead to great results.At least that’s what the Summit High School girls swimming and diving coaching staff hopes will be the aftermath of Saturday’s D’Evelyn Invite at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.The Tigers, who were swimming in their second meet, entered events they won’t see again for the rest of the season. Four 50-yard sprints (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) and a 100-yard individual medley were on the event list. The 50-yard free is the only one of those that’s on the docket at a regular swim meet.Eleven teams attended the meet, including eight 5A schools. In some events there were as many as 30 heats, which SHS coach Laura Graf described as “chaos.””They were trying to finish each heat in 30 to 35 seconds,” Graf said, “so you had girls touching the wall, staying in the water while the next heat’s divers were diving in. But that’s what these girls will see if they qualify for the state competition.”As of press time, only the top eight team scores were available, and Summit’s among them. Ralston Valley won the meet.Harper Kaufman was one of the Tigers who stood out in Graf’s mind. The freshman had a strong showing in the 50-free and 50-fly, recording times of 29.09 and 32.32, respectively.”She’s new to us this year and we’re looking at her to compete in a number of events,” Graf said. “She has great strokes and is really a rising star.”Team captain Megan Hartman had an impressive performance. The senior finished the 50-breast with a time of 39.39 and Lacey Williams was the fastest Tiger in the back, touching the wall at 37.18.”This is a fun event because the girls usually don’t get to sprint anything besides the free,” SHS assistant coach Jenn Blevins said. “It was a good time for everyone to gain some experience and work on some things – get the cobwebs out.”The Tigers will host Golden and Evergreen in a tri-meet on Thursday.
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