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Right place, right time: Summit swim and dive team places 3rd in Grand Junction as state looms

Allie Koonce competes at the Grand Junction High School Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14. Koonce placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley. The performances helped the Tigers place third out of 11 teams.
Jenny Wischmeyer/Courtesy photo

For the second year in a row, the Summit High School swim and dive team is hitting its stride at the right time. In one of the team’s final swim and dive meets prior to conference battles, Summit competed in the Grand Junction High School Invite on Saturday, Jan. 14.

As has been the story throughout the season, Summit notched several top-10 finishes in several relays and individual events.

Leading off the meet was the 200-yard medley relay, where two separate Summit teams were able to finish within the top 10. One team placed eighth with a time of 2 minutes, 9.12 seconds and the other placing ninth in 2:13.35.

In the 200-yard freestyle race, Kaslo Bocksch placed third with a time of 2:12.64, while Aila Harmala placed 11th in 2:17.55.

In perhaps one of Summit’s strongest events of the meet, the Tigers placed four swimmers within the top 10 of the 200-yard individual medley. 

Ashley Leidal led the way for the quartet of Tigers, placing fourth overall in a time of 2:26.72. Izzy Rowe followed in fifth, Allie Koonce in sixth and Teagan Barth rounded out the performances for the Tigers in ninth.

Summit also had strong performances in the 50-yard freestyle race as well as the 100-yard butterfly.

In the 50-yard freestyle race, Olivia Lyman kicked her way to a strong third-place finish with a time of 26.93 seconds. 

Bocksch doubled back after her third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle race to place fifth overall in a time of 27.20 seconds. 

Bocksch was not the only Summit athlete to double back after an impressive performance earlier in the day. Harmala backed up her 11th-place finish with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly race. Harmala finished the technical race in a time of 1:13.31.

Logan Reid competes in the breaststroke at the Grand Junction High School Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14. Reid placed 10th overall with a time of 1:26.12.
Jenny Wischmeyer/Courtesy photo

Rounding out the performances for Summit was a seventh-place finish for Leidal in the 500-yard freestyle race, a fourth-place finish for Rowe in the 100-yard backstroke and a fourth-place finish for Koonce in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The numerous top-10 finishes were enough for Summit to garner a third-place team finish among a total of 11 teams with 297.5 points. Summit finished behind Durango High School in second with 350 points and Glenwood Springs High School in first with 499.5 points. 

Summit will host its final home meet of the season — the Summit Invite — on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Summit High School. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. 

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