Summit swim & dive dominates in season opener
FARMER’S KORNER – Beneath a deafening roar of cheers, Summit senior Katie Lowe reached the wall on the final leg of the 200-yard individual medley, barely outtouching her opponent from Arvada for the win.Three tenths of a second was all that separated a win from a loss. Although, the race wasn’t exactly indicative of the Tigers’ night in their first meet of the season. That is, the 200 IM may have been the most Arvada pushed Summit.The Tigers dominated their Jeffco League opponent Thursday at the SHS pool, winning 10 races and taking the meet by a 118-57 total.”Our team did awesome today,” senior Dani Langevin said. “Everyone went out there and tried their hardest. It was way above my expectations.”Langevin swam the opening leg of Summit’s winning 200-yard medley relay to start the meet – and to start a Tiger streak of five straight event wins.Sophomore Olya Aden then blew away the field in the 200-yard freestyle, before Lowe eked out the 200 IM win.”I didn’t really think about anything else but just going as fast as I could the whole 200,” Aden said. “All the excitement gets to you. That’s probably why I went out so fast.”She won by more than 12 seconds.”Katie and Olya, our distance swimmers, did very well,” head coach Jenny Wischmeyer said. “They swim year-round, and the work is paying off.”In the next race, Summit swept the first four spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Alex Cooper, who missed most of the early season practices while playing with the U.S. National Team in rugby, won the race.”She came to practice for the first time on Monday, because she was in the rugby tournament,” Wischmeyer said. “For her to come in and win a race is great.”The Tigers also finished 2-3-4 in diving, with senior Gabi Ketzenbarger putting up an impressive 151.5 total on her six dives. Rachel Lawlis was third at 133.45, and Emily Johnson was fourth with a 111.75 total.Other wins for Summit came from Lisa Evans in the 100 free, Lowe in the 500 free, Langevin in the 100 back, Crystal Nichols in the 100 breast and the 200 free relay team (Evans, Amanda Moore, Katy Andrews and Langevin).Langevin’s time of 1:18.92 in the 100 back is only 8 seconds off school-record pace, something both Langevin and Wischmeyer feel she can reach by the end of the season.For now, though, Langevin’s just happy with what she saw from her team.”I think we’re just going to keep going up from here,” she said. “Everyone has goals they want to do this year, and everyone’s excited.”The Tigers now have three more meets in the next week, starting with the D’Evelyn Invite on Saturday at Colorado School of Mines.
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