Tigers tear up state championships | SummitDaily.com

Tigers tear up state championships

LOVELAND – The Summit High School swimming and diving team closed out the spring with two days of season bests and broken records at last weekend’s Class 4A state championships.

Every Tiger competitor finished higher than his original seeding, and Summit nearly matched last year’s 14-place finish at state, coming in 17th with 47 points. Most of those points were earned by Pete Richmond, who broke two school records in his third trip to the state championships.

In the 50-yard freestyle, the fifth-seeded Richmond burned up the preliminary heat in a time of 22.36 seconds. In the finals, he skimmed another .13 seconds off his own time, finishing fourth in 22.23 and securing his place in the SHS record books.

The previous school record in the 50 free, 22.71 seconds, was set by Ryan Lowe, a 2001 graduate of SHS.

Richmond felled a second school record set by Lowe – 49.52 in the 100 free – by turning in a time of 48.85 as the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay. The Summit junior also picked up fifth place in the individual 100 free in 48.96.

Summit swimmer Eric Lowe, another three-time state qualifier, also earned team points for the Tigers and shaved seconds off the state-qualifying times he earned in the regular season. Lowe came in 13th in the 500 free (5:15.09) and 11th in the 200 free (1:52.75), despite original seedings of 21st and 25th in the respective events.

The less experienced Tigers – Josh Gammel, David Shaffer, Marc Miller and John McGee, all competing in their first state meet – turned in strong swims in the relays. McGee and Gammel teamed with Richmond and Lowe to finish 13th in the 400 freestyle relay and 19th in the 200. The 200 medley relay team of Gammel, Shaffer, Miller and McGee rose from a 29th seeding to finish 26th.

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