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Tigers kick back at Jeffco relays

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ARVADA ” Summit High School swim and dive coach Mike Rathgeber gave his team unusual instructions prior to Saturday’s Jeffco League relays in Arvada.

“I told them to have fun with it,” Rathgeber said. “Don’t worry about times, don’t worry about standings. It’s a good time to blow off some steam.”

Rathgeber’s advice was not hard for the Tigers to heed at a non-traditional event without standings and only two sanctioned high school events ” the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Summit jumped into both, as well as the 200 half breaststroke/half backstroke relay and the 500 free crescendo.

Even seeding was completely arbitrary at the 16-team, 4A/5A meet.

“With each event, they put all the seeding cards in a pail,” Rathgeber said. “The first eight were in the first heat and the second eight were in the second heat. That was it.”

Six Tigers were in action Saturday ” Andrew Marshall, Marshall Snead, Tom Sawyer, Shane Meister, Justin Skall and Daniel Hagy.

Wil Snead was out with illness and diver Luke Fatora was rendered useless by the atypical format.

“Everything had to be a relay,” Rathgeber explained. “The divers had to combine their scores, but we only have one diver.”

The Tigers will return to action Thursday with a home dual against Ralston Valley ” their final competition before spring break.

“Ralston Valley is a very powerful swim team,” Rathgeber said. “They probably have the single best swimmer in 4A in Clay Myers.”

Rathgeber expects the Mustangs to have roughly three times as many swimmers as the Tigers.

Although Summit will have a 15-day layover between meets, spring break shouldn’t put a damper in its training program, as Rathgeber anticipates most of his squad to be in attendance for the week’s practices.

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.

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