Tigers continue surge at Jeffco League meet
DENVER – The Summit High School boys swimming and diving team is swimming so fast these days, its coach can hardly believe it.”This team astounds me,” Tigers coach Mike Rathgeber said after Saturday’s Jeffco League meet at Meyers Pool in Denver. “Just when you think they’ve peaked out, they keep raising the bar.”The Tigers competed in Friday’s preliminaries among four fellow 4A and 10 5A schools. The small but determined Summit squad fared well on day one, qualifying for Saturday’s finals in nine of its 11 events.
Rathgeber noted his team’s improvement from last season.”Last year we came back to the finals in three events and this year we came back in nine,” he said. “We have made a quantum leap in terms of success.”Summit amassed 118 points, which was good enough for an 11th place finish out of 14 teams.”Sixty-four is the most we’ve scored in the last three years,” Rathgeber said. “And we came in last each of those years.”
Summit was led as usual, by its 400 freestyle relay team of Josh Gammel, Tom Sawyer, Marshall Snead and Andrew Marshall, which shaved an impressive five seconds from its personal-best time to take seventh place at the league meet. The Tigers’ flagship relay team will enter the state tournament with Saturday’s time of 3 minutes, 42 seconds – nine seconds below the state qualifying standard.The same Tigers foursome took fifth place in Saturday’s 200 medley relay, which they will also compete in at the state meet.”This is a team that barely qualified for state two weeks ago,” Rathgeber said. “They came in (Saturday) and just blew the doors off.”Snead made a bid for state in the 500 free. The Tigers co-captain knocked 25 seconds off his season’s fastest time, but still fell 4.5 seconds short of the state qualifying mark. Snead took ninth in the 500 and eleventh in the 50 free.
Co-captain Gammel took ninth in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free; Sawyer took sixth in the individual medley and fifth in the 100 butterfly, and Marshall took 10th in the IM.Summit will be well represented at next week’s state tournament in Fort Collins. The 400 free and 200 medley relay teams have both qualified, along with Sawyer in the 200 IM, the 100 fly and the 100 breast.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at email@example.com.
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