SHS girls swimming struggles |

SHS girls swimming struggles

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Summit High School senior Shauna Neeley tucks tightly during diving competition Friday.

FARMER’S KORNER – When the Summit High School girls divers finished their segment of Friday night’s swim meet against D’Evelyn, they decided to do something a little out of character – they swam in the 200-yard free relay. Led by senior Meg Schuman, the girls put together a respectable swim, finishing second in the first of two heats with a time of 2 minutes, 21.63 seconds. The time was more than 30 seconds off the winning pace set by the visiting Jaguars, but that didn’t stop the girls from beaming with pride after their swim.”I’ve never seen them swim like that,” said Schuman of her teammates. “Rachel (Bergstrom) doesn’t even know how to do a flip turn, but she did it anyway.”

Schuman specialized in sprint freestyle events for much of her youth before turning to diving her freshman year at Summit High.Though she now specializes in jumping off of a 1-meter springboard, she consistently enters swimming events as well and talked her diving teammates into joining her on the relay. Aside from the divers’ inspired performance, it was a tough night for the Tigers as they faced one of the best teams in the state.Summit’s only victory of the meet came in the 100-yard backstroke, when senior captain Courtney Stoffel took three seconds off her personal best to finish in 1:16.91.

The Jaguars dominated everything else, posting five state-qualifying times on their way to 18 podium performances and a 108-71 victory.The Tigers were aware of their disadvantage coming into the meet, and concentrated on working on technique rather than winning events. “Considering the competition, I thought we did really well,” said Stoffel.Added assistant coach Jenny Wischmeyer, “It’s so early in the season and we have a lot of freshmen and they’re trying new things. For some of them, this is their first time swimming ever, so this was really good at increasing their confidence.”

Success didn’t completely elude the Tigers, as they swam and dove to six silver medals and seven bronze. The Tigers’ season continues on Tuesday at 4 p.m. with the Jeffco 10 Relays at Englewood High School.Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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