Wyatt misses state qualifier by 4 points
summit daily news
In its first meet in a month, the Summit Tigers swim team needed more inspiration to swim its fastest times Saturday, but its divers shone in the pool.
Though a month off mostly hurt the swimmers, putting the team in third place with 56 points overall behind Colorado Academy (131 points) and Salida High School (99 points), a few bright spots emerged.
Like team newcomer Hailey Wyatt, who scored 181.9 points in Saturday’s home invitational, missing the state qualifying score of 185 by less than four points. That’s the difference between a single point from a single judge, coach Joe Baldwin said.
Wyatt wasn’t fazed by the near miss, though. Baldwin said she was initially upset until she found out how close she came. Now, it’s game-on for the star diver who needs to qualify at the upcoming league championship meet to head to state.
Fellow divers Tessa Gunnin, Abby Akers and Kimberly Coffin took second, third and fourth-place, respectively, putting the dive team at the top of its game in the Saturday meet. Rayna Macias finished seventh.
“The skill level is awesome,” Baldwin said, adding that it’s been fun to coach the team that’s shining in the pool. It’s also encouraging that three of those divers will be around again next year, continuing to bring skill and experience to the diving board.
No new state qualifiers emerged from the meet, but some swimmers landed their best times.
Like Andi Laidlaw, who came into the 100-yard backstroke event with a personal best of 1 minute, 28.53 seconds and shattered that by a second, finishing with a 1:27.86. And Maddie O’Malley, who has become the team’s go-to backstroker. She finished last in her heat, but powered through the fourth and last length to best herself by three-tenths of a second, finishing in 1:18.56.
Meanwhile, in the 500 freestyle, Caitlin Lorch pushed through a hurt shoulder and lost goggles to cut three seconds off her time.
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