Tigers swim strong following spring break
FARMER’S KORNER – Now that spring break is over, the Summit High School boys swimming and diving team looks well rested and poised for the season’s homestretch.Competing in their first meet in 18 days, the Tigers put in a strong performance against Ralston Valley, winning eight of 12 events in Wednesday’s home dual.Because the Tigers were outmanned 23-7, however, they lost the meet 102-66.Summit received six points for each of its victories, but several times it could field just one entrant per event, which gave points for second (four), third (three) and fourth (two) place to the Mustangs.Shane Meister, who set a personal-best (PB) time in the breaststroke Wednesday while winning the 100 breast and swimming for the victorious 200 medley relay, was especially speedy against Ralston.
“We just had a long break and I only got one practice in during it,” Meister said. “I was expecting my times to be slower.”Meister’s PB came in the 200 medley relay, which included Andrew Marshall, Marshall Snead and Tom Sawyer. The relay team, which has already qualified for the state meet, finished with a time of 1:52.17 – its second-fastest result of the season.Meister’s exciting individual victory came shortly thereafter.”I wasn’t looking at him at the end,” he said after defeating Ralston’s Spencer McCarty by less than half a body length in a time of 1:18.19. “I saw him on my last turn, but other than that I just went straight ahead.”Other victorious Tigers included Justin Skall (100 freestyle, 2:17.27), Sawyer (200 individual medley, 2:09.24 and 100 butterfly, 56.94), Snead (50 free, 26.04) and Marshall (100 backstroke, 1:25.75).Sawyer, who said the break had a rejuvenating effect on him, swam his fastest home fly time of the season.
The sophomore standout and the rest of the Tigers met with a slight setback Monday, when a cold pool canceled practice. Luckily for SHS, the necessary heating equipment was repaired in time for the Tigers’ penultimate home meet. Fatora shines on diving boardSummit sophomore Luke Fatora won the first diving competition of his high school career Wednesday by narrowly edging Doug Bertram, 134-130.Fatora, who missed nearly two weeks of practice time before returning to the pool on Tuesday, fell five points short of his personal best, which was established last season.”It felt pretty good,” Fatora said of the victory. “Ralston has this amazing diver and he just swam today, so I was kind of relieved. I thought, ‘OK, I can actually place pretty good.'”
“Luke had some new dives today that he did really well,” Tigers diving coach Shannon Tessier said, referring to a recently learned front double. “There’s a few meets left and he still has a couple dives in the works that he can do at leagues.” Although Fatora is the lone Summit diver, he often has training partners in the form of three Lady Tigers who are practicing with Tessier during the offseason.”I think it helps motivate him to have other people there diving with him,” Tessier said. “It can be hard diving by yourself.”Summit returns to action Saturday with a road dual against Arvada.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at email@example.com.
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