Tigers plan to pick up where they left off
FARMER’S KORNER Of all the spring sports teams at Summit High School, the boys swimming and diving team has by far the most home contests. Chances are, the Tigers will give their fans something to cheer about.”We all expect big things – much bigger than last year,” Summit’s fourth-year coach Mike Rathgeber said. “We think we have the talent to do big things at both leagues and states and that’s the way we’re approaching the season.”Just as they were last year, the Tigers are a small bunch. Although having just 10 athletes on its roster will necessarily prevent Summit from winning some of its duals, each of its competitions will afford swimmers and divers the chance to qualify for the state meet in Fort Collins.”We qualified for state in four events last year two relays and Thomas Sawyer in two events,” Rathgeber said. “I think we can easily qualify for six or seven this year. … Thomas could easily qualify for every single event, easily.”Because Colorado High School Activities Association rules limit swimmers to competing in four events at the state meet, Sawyer, who was a part of the 400-yard freestyle (17th place) and 200 medley (DQ) relay teams, opted out of the 100 breaststroke in favor of the 100 butterfly (13th) and 200 individual medley (11th).The standout swimmer is still recovering from an ailment that swamped him for much of the competitive Nordic ski season, but he said he feels better every day and has maintained lofty goals for his sophomore campaign.
“I want to qualify for state in the same events I did last year and then maybe a couple more,” Sawyer said. “I’d like to work on some freestyle stuff – that’s not my strong point, but that would be good.”Sawyer summed up his Nordic season, which he seems glad to have in his rearview mirror.”I was just fatigued and I kind of over trained,” he said. “Your body just says, ‘That’s enough,’ and it just kind of shuts down. … We’ve got to learn how much we can take.”The Tigers will be co-captained by seniors Marshall Snead and Andrew Marshall, both of whom have state-meet experience.Snead, who skis with Sawyer on SHS’ Nordic team, had a quick turnover between seasons, whereas Sawyer was given a week off.”Two days after Nordic states, I went straight to the pool,” Snead said. “The first day I swam 6,200 yards, so (Rathgeber) slammed us right off the bat.”Snead, who swam for last year’s 200 medley and 400 free relay teams at state, hopes to qualify individually this year in the 500 and 50 free events.
This year’s 200 medley relay team will also include Sawyer, Marshall, and Justin Skall, who will replace Summit’s only departed senior, Josh Gammel.Summit will feature two divers in senior Lindsay Emore and sophomore Luke Fatora.”Both have come within 20 points of qualifying for state,” Rathgeber said. “Again, like a lot of swimmers here, they’re right on the cusp. We’re confident and optimistic that at least one of them will go to Fort Collins with us.”Following the postponement of a double dual that was scheduled for last Friday, The Tigers will open their season Thursday with a home dual against Arvada West.Four to watch:
Marshall Snead Sr.Andrew Marshall Sr.Lindsay Emore Sr.Tom Sawyer So.Coach’s Quote: “We all expect big things much bigger than last year. We think we have the talent to do big things at both leagues and states and that’s the way we’re approaching the season.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at email@example.com.
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