The Summit High School swim and dive team received the Conifer Lobos in a double encounter on Tuesday, January 11.
The Summit booths at the aquatic center were packed with family, friends and other Summit High athletes coming out to show their support for the Tigers swim and dive team, which is led by head coach Jenny Wischmeyer.
“The girls love to swim on their own property,” Wischmeyer said. “It’s actually pretty hard to get people here because it’s at 9100 feet, so Conifer is always a good team that stands up for a double encounter.”
The Tigers displayed the vast majority of their large roster of 47 girls, giving everyone a chance to swim in their respective event or relay.
The team did well against the visiting Lobos, as the Tigers racked up quite a few points in every event they participated in.
Perhaps the first notable performance of the meet came from freshman Olivia Lyman, who was able to swim to first place in the 50-yard freestyle. Lyman finished the race in 28.04 seconds, just 0.03 ahead of Conifer’s Sage Swegle in second. Senior Abby Anderson finished third with a time of 28.89, falling below her start time of 29.35.
The next big performance of the meet for the Tigers came from senior Stephanie Horvath on the diving board. She competed in the 1-meter dive and made near-perfect dives to score 222.45 points and qualify for the state swimming and diving.
Horvath finished first overall in the encounter with Conifer’s Paige Naku, finishing second with 199.95 points.
“I think the biggest story of the evening is that Stephanie made a state,” Wischmeyer said. “I don’t think we’ve had a diver made in a long time. Her status and making it through a lot was really exciting.”
Horvath had to score at least 180 points in two encounters to make it. Horvath scored 217 in a December encounter and 222 on Tuesday night to easily make it to the state diving rally.
Wischmeyer said Horvath’s success is in large part due to dive coach Fred Skillern, who has retired from Summit County and decided to coach the Summit divers.
The swim at the finish came back with the Tigers dominated in the 100m freestyle and 500m freestyle.
In the 100-yard race, Summit took places one through four, with junior Allison Koonce leading the way, finishing first with a time of 1:04.73.
Koonce was followed by teammates Izzy Rowe, Marin Ward and Ashlyn Mullaly.
For Ashley Leidal, the 500-yard freestyle race was hers from the opening 25 yards as she swam well ahead of everyone else to win the event in a time of 6.06.63, just 7 seconds behind her start time despite being in a league of her own. .
Conifer’s Swegle finished second just over a minute later with a time of 7.12.32.
In terms of relays, the Tigers team was most dominant in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the Tigers scoring runs with five different relays to combine for 46.
A relay team consisting of Aila Harmala, Lyman, Leidal and Anderson took first place in 1:57.73. They were followed by another relay team consisting of Logan Reid, Avey Riberdy, Mullaly and Koonce, who finished in 2:03.75.
Summit’s talent and prowess eventually led to victory in the double encounter against Conifer, scoring 231 points as a team against the Lobos’ 147 points.
“This week is a huge week with three encounters in one week,” Wischmeyer said. “Just learn how to swim tired and swim through that pain and build their stamina, so when it’s time to taper off, they’ll go really fast.”
The Tigers will now prepare for a nine-plus-team swimming and diving competition at Colorado Mesa University on Saturday, January 15.
It’s the team’s second chance to feel the competitive atmosphere in Colorado Mesa, which will also host the Western Slope League game in a few weeks.