Lady Tigers swimming loses close dual meet to Conifer at home |

Lady Tigers swimming loses close dual meet to Conifer at home

The fifth meet of the Lady Tigers swim and dive season almost went how the home team wanted. Almost.

On Jan. 12, a Tigers team of 28 swimmers and seven divers faced an equally matched Conifer team at the Summit High School pool. It was a dual meet, meaning the two teams went head to head for points in relays, individual swim events and the 1-meter dive. Despite individual wins by Tigers captain Maddy O’Malley and fellow team leader Emily Sandberg — not to mention a commanding win from ace diver Abby Hiller — the team fell short of Conifer after 12 events to lose 98-85.

The final point totals were close, but the individual race results were either feast or famine for Summit. Sandberg won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.71 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:05.40. Summit swimmers held onto the top-three spots in both of those events — a good sign for the season to come — with Stephanie Schulman and Madi Hirsh going 2-3 in the 50 and Katerina Lee and Celena Lugo rounding out the podium in the 100. Conifer never came closer than fourth place in the freestyle events, losing to Sandberg by 6 seconds in the 50 and a whopping 15 seconds in the 100.

Tigers captain O’Malley annihilated the field in the 100 backstroke, coming into the wall at 1:11.39 ahead of Conifer’s Becca Hoffman in second at 1:33.78. (Conifer’s backstroke superstar, Kaitlyn Honnick, stayed close with O’Malley but was disqualified on a sloppy turn.)

The closest finishes of the meet were at the beginning, when Summit’s A team stepped up for the 200 medley relay (four swimmers split 50-yard laps of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle). The crew of O’Malley, Sandberg, Schulman and Abbey Lau finished at 2:13.57 behind Conifer’s time of 2:11.78. It was a tough loss — two seconds is about two swimmer lengths — but the Tigers still improved on their medley relay record of 2:16.11.

The 200 individual medley was just as close. The top-three finishers were within 1.2 seconds of each other, with Conifer’s Ianna Debrunner coming in first (2:57.30), teammate Honnick in second (2:57.83) and Summit’s Meghan Sockett in third (2:58.50).

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