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Tiger swimming and diving keeps cutting time

Bryce Evans
bevans@summitdaily.com

FARMER’S KORNER – The beginning of every swimming and diving season is all about endurance, building the stamina needed for a season of competing in the pool.

But now that the Tigers have swam past the halfway mark this winter, their focus has shifted to the scoreboard

“This part of the year, it’s about racing and improving times before we start to taper (for the end of the season),” head coach Jenny Wischmeyer.

And if Wednesday’s tri-meet at the SHS pool is any indicator, the Tigers seem to be right on track.

Eight Summit swimmers hit their personal-best times in their respective events, and the Tigers’ two divers finished 2-3 in a five-girl competition. A solid showing on a night honoring the team’s 12 seniors.

“We drop time in every meet, so we just keep on getting better,” senior Katie Cochran said.

“We’ve really been competing with the people next to us, rather than just swimming,” fellow senior Malory Donahue added. “If we see someone next to us, we just kind of go, ‘We’re going to beat that person,’ and I think that’s helped us a lot.”

The Tigers finished the night with 93 points, a mere 26 behind first-place St. Mary’s. Palisade was second at 104.

Summit won three events, two of those coming from senior Katie Lowe. In both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle, Lowe took big leads early on and cruised to the finish. She won the 200 IM by a little less than 3 seconds and took the 100 title by nearly 8.

The Tigers’ other win was from senior Dani Langevin in the 100-yard backstroke. Langevin, who has her sights set on the event’s school record, finished in 1:16.45, just touching out a St. Mary’s swimmer at the final wall.

Summit also had four second-place finishes.

The 200-yard medley relay team (Langevin, Crystal Nichols, Heidi Gruber and Katy Andrews) finished just 11 seconds out of first place, and Andrews, a senior, also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke, despite not having raced in that event since she was a freshman.

Sophomore Olya Aden was second in the 200 free, just missing out on a win by a little more than a second. Her time of 2:20.38 was a personal best.

The Tigers’ final second-place finish came from Gabi Ketzenbarger in diving. The senior put up a 137.7, finishing just ahead of teammate Tessa Gunnin.

Summit diving coach Joe Baldwin said his divers’ chances of a state berth are looking strong.

“I think they’re actually closer than they think they are,” he said. ” … Now it’s just perfecting it, getting those little things.”

Really, that’s what the whole Tiger team is focused on right now. And with everyone continuously taking seconds off their times, Wischmeyer is impressed with her squad.

“We don’t rest or do anything easy the day before, we just push through, so for them to go for best times is just huge,” she said.

The Tigers now have more than a week off before getting back in the pool for the Lady Tiger Invite at SHS. Six teams are slated to compete in the tourney starting at 10 a.m.


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