SHS swim and dive ends season on high note
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Summit County, Colorado
All winter, Summit High head coach Jenny Wischmeyer preached to her team about peaking at the right time for the Jeffco League Championships – the season’s final meet.
And, it appears that her team did just that.
With many swimmers cutting multiple seconds off their career best times, the SHS girls’ swimming and diving team wrapped up its season last week on a high note.
“They all just did great,” Wischmeyer said of her team. “They all dropped tons of time and swam fast and felt really good about how they did.”
The Tigers finished seventh overall in the meet and had four swimmers and four divers qualify for Saturday’s finals. To do so, an athlete needed to finish in the top-16 of her discipline.
In swimming, Olya Aden, Katie Lowe and Kayla Gray all made the finals in two events, while Dani Langevin qualified for the 100-yard backstroke final.
While in the finals, Langevin swam her best time of the season, cutting off a full second from her time in the preliminary round.
Both Aden and Lowe competed in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Aden edged her teammate in the 200 free, as the girls finished 13th and 14th respectively. Lowe was 15th in the 500 free, while Aden was 16th.
Gray meanwhile qualified in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Gray was 11th and 13th in the two races.
The best finish of any Summit athlete, though, came from diver Rachel Lawlis. In the 30-girl field, Lawlis easily qualified for the finals and wound up with an impressive fifth-place overall finish.
Three more Summit divers made the finals, with Gabi Ketzenbarger finishing in ninth, Abby Akers in 14th and Hope Sharr in 15th.
“That’s huge to have four divers in the finals,” Wischmeyer said. “That’s four of the top-16 in the league, and they did really well.”
With the season done, Wischmeyer said that her team’s results were much better than what may have been indicated in team standings this season.
“We didn’t finish that high as a team, but looking at them as individuals, they did really well all year.
“We’re a team that people might join as a senior or a sophomore that has never swam competitively before, and everyone has worked really hard to get to where they are. I am really proud of our team.”
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