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Tigers qualify twice more for state

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FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School boys swim team has been exceeding expectations all year. At Friday’s home finale against Standley Lake, the Tigers solidified their reputation as downright overachievers.”We have eight swimmers and we’ve qualified for state in five of the 10 swimming events,” Summit coach Mike Rathgeber said. “That is beyond any scope of vision that we ever had.” The Tigers added to their already stellar season Friday by qualifying for state in two new events – the 100-yard breast stroke, swam by freshman phenom Tom Sawyer, and the 200 medley relay, swam by Sawyer, Andrew Marshall, Marshall Snead and Josh Gammel.Summit fans and athletes alike had been anticipating the 200 medley relay result for much of the season.

“We’ve been working hard at it all year,” the senior captain Gammel said. “It took a lot of playing with the order but we finally got it.””We radically shifted them around and it dropped four and a half seconds off their time,” Rathgeber said. “This was the fourth different order we’ve used and it will probably be the final one.”Sawyer, who swam the breastroke, was the only medley relay team member not to be assigned a new discipline. Marshall shifted to backstroke, Snead took over free and Gammel swam the fly.”I knew the taper would be worth something,” Rathgeber said. “The kids have responded to it really well.”

The Tigers began to taper their workouts on Monday in preparation for the upcoming postseason. Summit will compete in the Jeffco League meet on Friday, where the kids could once again qualify for state.”It’s within the realm of possibility that (Gammel) could qualify in the 100 free,” Rathgeber said. “Right now, he’s 1.2 seconds off the mark. Next week’s taper will have to have a really good effect on him.”Gammel has owned the 100 free all season, winning it in each of Summit’s seven duals.

Gammel and Sawyer (100 breast) were Summit’s only individual winners against Standley Lake, which won the meet, 116-57. Freshman Luke Fatora took second among divers with a score of 138.05.Next week’s league meet promises to be less climactic for the Tigers than it was last year.”We still had no state qualifiers going into last season’s league meet,” Rathgeber said. “We qualified the 400 free relay team on the last event of the day. It was very harrowing.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.


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