Tigers win 10 of 12 events – and lose meet
FARMER’S KORNER – Senior swim captain Marc Miller threw his goggles against the wall, then pounded a door with his fists in frustration.Summit High School’s boys swim and dive team had just won 10 of the 12 events at its home dual against Skyview, but it wasn’t enough. Three days after they overcame it to beat Ralston Valley, the Tigers’ lack of depth had reared its ugly head again.Despite the domination at the top of the results board, Summit lost to the visiting Wolverines on Tuesday, 90-84, dropping the host’s record to 1-3. As helpless as they were to see their good work go to waste in the team standings, the Tigers couldn’t fight off the disappointment.”I’m really mad right now,” Miller said. “I’m not happy at all. But that’s the way the cards fall.”
Miller won the 100-yard breaststroke and was part of two winning relay teams, the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle. Marshall Snead stretched his winning streak to six events, winning the 200 and 500 freestyles for the third straight meet. Andrew Marshall chipped in with easy wins in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, and Josh Gammel and David Shaffer won the 100 butterfly and 50 free, respectively.Usually all of that adds up to a cause for teamwide celebration. On Tuesday, all it did was give the Tigers something to hang their swim caps on, a positive to take from the loss.”I told them (after the meet) that there are ironies in life, and there are ironies in life,” first-year SHS coach Mike Rathgeber said. “This is certainly one of the more painful ironies you’re going to have to endure.”Clearly we had the better premium swimmers, but we just don’t have the depth.”
Skyview coach Kurt Engelmann, whose team improved to 1-1, concurred. “I’m not surprised,” he said. “We knew coming in that (Summit) had some outstanding individual swimmers, but you can do the math.”The only two events in which Summit did not finish first were the 200 free relay and the diving competition. Junior Tim Gurule had been diving well of late, but he finished a surprising fifth after getting a zero on one of his dives for performing it out of order.Lindsey Emore picked up the pace for Gurule by finishing second, the same place as Miller (200 free), Gammel (50 free) and the team’s 200 free relay.For Summit, the meet served as a cruel reminder that, contrary to the reliance on individual performances, this is still a team sport.
Still, Rathgeber said, “As long as they can come away with something – and 10 out of 12 is a lot to come away with – they’re fine. I’m more frustrated than they are.”Summit’s swimmers are still the school’s only spring team to have competed at home this year, and they’ll try to make amends next Wednesday against Green Mountain in what will be their fourth straight home meet.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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