The Summit Tigers girls swimming and diving team closed out its season at the Western Slope conference championships Feb. 7-8 in Grand Junction.
Summit’s Tessa Gunnin led the way for the Lady Tigers with a strong performance in the 1 meter diving competition. After a third-place finish in preliminaries, Gunnin earned second place in the finals, just shy of the mark set to qualify for state. She finished with a score of 284.6.
“She did great,” Tiger coach Jenny Wischmeyer said of Gunnin. “Unfortunately she was off the state (qualifying) point.”
Fruita’s Morgan Hoffman earned top honors with a 314.05.
As a team, the Tigers finished 10th of 12 teams competing. But for Wischmeyer and her Lady Tigers, it wasn’t just about final results.
“Our place doesn’t look awesome but our girls swam really well,” she said, adding that a number of girls recorded their best times of the season.
“Almost all of the girls had at least one of their best times in their events. That’s what success is in swimming, doing your personal best at the end.”
Battle Mountain’s Megan Hogfeldt — who swims for the Summit team — was the next highest Tiger finisher, earning eighth place in the 100-yard freestyle.
“It was the best time she’s ever had in the 100. She’s a dedicated swimmer,” Wischmeyer said.
Hogfeldt finished in 1 minute, 2.99 seconds. Kendel Vanderhoof of Glenwood earned first in 54.95.
The 200 yard freestyle relay team — Hogfeldt, Anna Wasson, Jenna Drager and Kit Maxwell — also earned an eighth-place finish.
Summit’s Maddy O’Malley added a strong showing in the 100-yard backstroke, recording a season best 1:12.31.
“She dropped 5 seconds from the beginning of the season,” Wischmeyer said.
Brooke Kniffin of Durango won the event in 59.79.
For the Tigers, getting to the pool was almost as tough as the competition in it this year.
“This season has been plagued by weather. We had three meets canceled because of weather,” Wischmeyer said. The team was unable to attend one meet due to travel concerns; the other two were not rescheduled.
But all in all the season and the last meet were successful, she said.
“As a whole they did phenomenal. Probably 90 percent of them had their best time. That’s really my goal as a coach. I want them to improve and all of them did that.”