Tigers Swim and Dive Team Compete Well Against Formidable Competition at Grand Junction Invite

Charlotte Hudnut anchors the 400-yard freestyle relay for the Tigers at the Summit Invite swim and dive meeting at Summit High School in Breckenridge on December 17, 2021.
John Hanson/For the Summit Daily News

The Summit’s girls’ swim and dive team continues to score points with every game, and on Saturday, January 15, two more Tigers swimmers qualified for the February state meeting in Grand Junction.

The Summit swim and dive team participated in the Grand Junction High School Invite at Colorado Mesa University’s El Pomar Natatorium.

In a few weeks, the competitive swimming will also take place in Colorado Mesa, so head coach Jenny Wischmeyer hoped the team would do well to get a sense of the atmosphere that will be present at the league game on February 4. 5.

The Tigers performed well against nine strong teams, some of which will face again in the league game.

The Tigers’ first major performance came in the 50-yard freestyle race from Olivia Lyman and Abby Anderson, who were both able to qualify for the State Meet.

Lyman nearly made it twice last week, once at the Summit home swim competition and another on the Mustang Invite, but barely missed the target to make it.

Lyman finished fifth overall with a time of 27.14 seconds, while Anderson finished 10th with a time of 28.31 seconds.

“(Lyman) was off about 0.15 (of a second), and she ended up making it by about 0.75,” Wischmeyer said. “She dropped more than half a second into the 50 free, which is really hard to do. We tried to work with her on a few things to get her there.”

On the diving board, Stephanie Horvath was shining again after qualifying for state and finishing first in the team’s home game against Conifer.

At Grand Junction, Horvath again finished first without her coach, scoring 398.40 points to defeat Violet Noel of Montrose.

“She was doing great overnight,” Wischmeyer said. “For her to be able to do that on her own… was amazing.”

Stephanie Horvath makes a back flip pike dive during the Summit Invite Swim and Dive Meeting on December 17, 2021 at Summit High School.
John Hanson/For the Summit Daily News

The Tigers also saw strong performances in the 100-yard freestyle race, where the team placed four swimmers in the top 15. Ashley Leidal led the way and swam to sixth in a time of 1:01:31.

Leidal was followed by Allison Koonce on 11th, Lyman on 12th and Izzy Rowe on 13th.

Leidal also had a big day in the 200m medley as she finished fifth with a time of 2:26:11.

Rowe doubled back for the 100m backstroke, where she finished seventh with a time of 1:10:83.

As for the relays, the 200m and 400m freestyle relays performed well. The 200-yard relay – which consisted of Anderson, Leidal, Koonce and Lyman – managed to take fourth in the overall standings with a time of 1:52.16.

The 400m relay finished third on the podium with a time of 4:10.33. The relay consisted of Lyman, Anderson, Rowe and Leidal.

The Tigers’ performance was enough to finish fifth out of nine teams with 248 points. The Glenwood Springs swimming and diving team won the meet with 465 points.

“Looking at the conference meeting, I really want our relays to be in the top eight for all three relays,” said Wischmeyer. “When you consider that[the 400-yard relay]placed third this weekend, but not all the teams were there, that’s a pretty good indicator.”

The Tigers will have the chance to rest after three encounters over a seven-day period. They will compete again in their final home game of the season on Saturday, January 22, when they will host five regional teams. The meeting starts at 10.30 am

The meeting will serve as the final home broadcast for the team’s 13 seniors.

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