Conifer swipes win from Summit swim |

Conifer swipes win from Summit swim

Janice Kurbjun
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For a team of fresh swimming blood, a 103-76 loss to Conifer Tuesday night isn’t so bad.

It was the first home meet and the team’s first dual, and senior Olya Aden felt that, given the amount of nerves on the pool deck, the team did well.

“For the first meet, everyone was so fast and excited. I hope we can keep that up,” she said, adding that she was happy to see support from so many classmates rather than having the stands full of parents and siblings.

“It went really well. We had people swim lots of events they never swam before,” team co-captain Hannah McGrew said, to which teammate Jane Anderson added, “We had a lot of strong finishes and girls having lots of energy and spirit.”

Conifer had depth in most events, tallying extra points for later finishes. Meanwhile, Summit had some shining stars, like co-captain Lisa Evans’ personal best in the 100 freestyle. She cut about two seconds off her best time, which had plateaued at about 1 minute, 7 seconds. She finished in 1 minute, 5.76 seconds against Conifer for first place in the event.

Aden took first in the 200 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle, and Megan Hogfeldt hovered around her best time in the 50 freestyle, finishing second in 28.64 seconds.

Meanwhile, freshman Maddie O’Malley challenged Conifer’s top backstroker from Lane 5, an outsider position, and was just touched out. Conifer’s Makayla Lopez finished in 1:18.08 while O’Malley clocked in at 1:18.88. That follows O’Malley’s performance at the Friday invitational in Glenwood Springs, where she beat her personal best by 5 seconds. Head coach Jenny Wischmeyer plans to improve O’Malley’s turns so she can be the go-to backstroker for the team.

On the flip side, Summit had some strong starts that fizzled, costing points for the young team. The 400 freestyle relay started strong with Caitlin Lorch initially carrying the team to a hefty lead. By the time anchor Jordan Bussy dove into the water, though, Conifer had regained a solid lead Bussy couldn’t recover.

In the 200 freestyle relay, however, Summit again started ahead and this time maintained the lead to finish first with the team of Hogfeldt, Evans, Kitt Maxwell and Olya Aden, who had just come off the 500 freestyle.

Summit’s dive team is always a help to the swimmers in overall points earned, and Tuesday was no different. Dive coach Joe Baldwin said “it’s a coach’s dream” to train the handful of girls on the dive team, because they listen and work hard.

Abby Akers placed third overall Tuesday, with Hailey Wyatt taking fourth and Tessa Gunnin in fifth.

“They were all within 10 or 15 points of each other,” Baldwin said.

He has particularly high hopes for Wyatt, who’s brand new to the team as a senior, and Gunnin.

“I hope to get them to state-qualifying scores,” Baldwin said, adding that overall, “The dive team is looking fantastic. They’re moving along so quickly.”

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