Summit High Sports Wrap-Up: Alpine, Nordic and girls swimming teams strong to start 2015
With the winter break behind them, Summit High School sports teams got back to business this week. For some it meant a strong start to 2015, while others may need to shake a little winter rust off. Girls swimming and the Tiger Alpine and Nordic ski teams led the way for Summit with the Tiger swimmers taking first in a four-team home meet.
Both the girls and boys Alpine teams took second at their first competition of the season with a couple of Tigers already qualifying for state, which will be on their home turf at Keystone Resort this year. The Nordic girls and boys teams finished first and second, respectively.
Swimming: The lady Tiger swim team opened a three-meet home stand with a win Saturday. Strong performances in almost every discipline raked up 571 points for the Summit swimmers, topping Glenwood Springs (521), Moffat County (371) and Aspen High (92).
“I’m really excited about the team,” head coach Jenny Wischmeyer said. “We had some really strong swims and the girls have shown a lot of improvement.”
In what was likely the most impressive performance on the day Summit claimed seven of the 10 top spots in the 50-yard freestyle competition. Maddy O’Malley led the way for the Tigers finishing third in 30.74 seconds. Moffat’s Alex Samuelson took first in 28.98, followed by Glenwood’s Kendall Knott with a time of 29.34. Summit’s Jordan Bussy and Stephanie Shulman rounded out the top five within a second behind O’Malley. Justine Lorch, Ani Monroe, Baylie Lawson and Mairi McAtamney finished seventh through 10th.
In addition to the strong performance in freestyle, O’Malley, Shulman, Bussy and Emily Sandberg claimed first place in the 200-yard relay in 2:19.24, edging out Moffat County by less than half a second in the final stretch. Sandberg was also the top Summit finisher in the 200-yard freestyle competition and the 100-yard freestyle. She finished third in the 100 in 1:05.61 and fourth in the 200 in 2:30.19. O’Malley added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and Shulman also added a second-place finish in the 100-yard breast stroke to contribute to the team’s win.
The Tigers will continue their home stand by hosting Conifer in a dual meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, followed by the Lady Tiger invite Saturday, Jan.17.
Alpine skiing: Summit’s boys and girls Alpine ski teams started off the year last Friday with a pair of second-place finishes at their season opening giant slalom competition at Beaver Creek. The Battle Mountain boys and girls teams both brought home wins on their home turf.
“We’ve been working hard. I think it’s a good start,” head coach Karl Barth told the Daily.
Summit’s Ellie Brown-Wolf and Dani Moulton took third and fourth as the top Tiger finishers. Brown-Wolf had a combined run time of 2:14.78 with Moulton 0.2 seconds behind her. Battle Mountain’s Haley Fischholz took first in 2:07.85, closely followed by teammate Abby Davidson in second.
Sophomore Slav Uglyar led the way for the boys finishing 10th on the day in 2:13.96. Battle Mountain claimed the top three spots lead by Simonton Sands who ran the course in 1:59.77
Uglyar, Chris Aden and Jack Farrell each finished high enough in Friday’s race to qualify for state. Summit’s Cameron Berget came close to joining them. He was on pace to finish third in the race but recorded a DNF after missing a gate during his second run.
For the girls, Brown-Wolf, Moulton, McKenna Ramsay and Geneva Ascher all qualified.
The Tigers will head to Winter Park Thursday for another GS race.
Nordic skiing: The girls and boys Nordic ski teams finished first and second at Eldora over the weekend in individual classic competition. Aspen finished first in the boys race and second in girls.
Summit’s Ezra Smith topped the podium in the girls competition, running the 5K course in 22:24.66. Teammate Christa Gutzel was the next highest Tiger finisher in fourth place.
Derek Hill led the way for the boy finishing third in 21:21.52, behind a pair of Aspen skiers. Aspen’s Nick Sweeney took first in 20:43.41. His teammate Graham Houtsma edged out Hill by less than a tenth of a second. The Tigers Joel Sawyer finished fifth in 21:39:53 as the next highest Summit finisher.
The team will have next week off and resume competition Saturday, Jan. 24, at Vail.
Hockey: Summit hockey got back into action with a tough matchup at home against back-to-back defending state champs Ralston Valley. Ralston topped the Tigers 4-2 in a hard-fought game. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-4 on the season, 1-2 in-conference. Summit will look to turn things around as they continue their three-game home stand as they host Kent Denver Thursday, Jan. 15, and Battle Mountain Saturday, Jan. 16.
Boys basketball: After starting 2015 with a 79-66 loss to Buena Vista Jan. 6, the Tigers earned their first win of the season at Eagle Valley, topping the winless Devils 71-40. The win bumps the Tigers to 1-7 on the season, 1-1 in-conference. Their next game is at Battle Mountain Tuesday.
Girls basketball: It was a tough week for Tiger girls basketball with losses at Eagle Valley (50-34) and at Denver West (50-36). The losses drop the lady Tigers to 3-5 on the season, 0-2 in-conference. They’ll host Battle Mountain Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Wrestling: The Summit wrestling team will continue their season with their next match at Battle Mountain Wednesday, Jan. 14.
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