Girls Varsity Swimming · Girls swimming: Tigers depth earns them a tie with talented Longmont

THORNTON — How many times do you hear it from coaches at all levels in sports: “It’s the little things that matter the most.” In swimming, that is preparation, starts, turns and touches all being flawless from start to finish.

Any little misstep could be costly.

And on Tuesday afternoon, Holy Family knew it was going to take a special effort to have a chance against Class 4A Longmont at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in the second dual of the season. The Tigers weren’t perfect, but were good enough to earn a 93-93 tie with the Trojans.

“Every practice is a rehearsal for a championship. We practice how we want to swim and that’s what the girls need to remember,” said Holy Family coach Mary Whitney, whose team will swim against Centaurus next Wednesday back the VMAC. “The meet just proves that we are up with the big dogs and it’s time to show it, even more than this.”

After winning every event last week in their debut against Skyline, the wins were a little bit harder to come by on Tuesday. Just freshman diver Mary Kate Cavanaugh, Summer Norwell in the 500-yard freestyle  and the 200 free relay team of Joesphine Romano, Jadyn Abeyta, Emma Schneeberger and Madelyn Szabo won. And if Whitney and her team learned anything, it was that they have the depth to compete. And while the wins weren’t there, the Tigers wracked up points by finishing second third and fourth on a consistent basis.

“I’ up at 4 o’clock every morning and there with them at five in the morning with a big old smile on my face and I am just happy to see them. They take the energy that we give and they reverberate it even more than we could,” Whitney said. “So they feed off of it and we need to make sure as coaches, that we keep a positive attitude so they do to and it reflects throughout the pool and by the end of a 5 a.m. practice, they are all smiles and giggles.”

Freshman Cate Chapman went head-to-head with Longmont’s Emma Svendsen in both the 200 free and the 100 fly. It was a challenge that will make her better in the end. Her time of 2:07.32 in the 200 free was good enough for third and her 1:02.54 was second best and under three seconds behind Svendsen’s 59.67.

Ivy Wood led a strong contingent of 50 free swimmers that finished 2-3-4-4 behind Longmont’s Jordan Bindseil. Wood went 27.14 seconds ahead of Szabo (29.41) and both Kristina Freward — reaction of the day when she broke 30 seconds — and Ariday Gallegos (29.72).

Olivia Zuhoski finished runner up in the 100 free and the 100 breaststroke. In the latter, her and Longmont’s Kaitlyn Yee went right to the wall and it was Yee that was .07 quicker.

Cavanaugh, who opened a lot of eyes with her Week 1 performance of 477.60 points, had what she called an “off day”. Her score of 410.50 points was still mighty impressive.



200-yard medley relay — 1. Longmont 1:56.18; 2. Holy Family (Chapman, Zuhoski, Wood, Norwell) 2:00.11; 200 freestyle — 1. Emma Svendsen, Longmont, 2:02.05; 3. Cate Chapman, Holy Family, 2:12.08; 200 IM — 1. Kaitlyn Yee, Longmont, 2:27.33; 4. Jadyn Abeyta, Holy Family, 2:47.65; 50 free — 1. Jordan Bindseil, Longmont, 24.68; 2. Ivy Wood, Holy Family, 27.14; Diving — 1. Mary Kate Cavanaugh, Holy Family, 410.50 points; 100 butterfly —  1. Emma Svendsen, Longmont, 59.67; 2. Cate Chapman, Holy Family, 1:02.54; 100 freestyle — 1. Jordan Bindseil, Longmont, 55.33; 2. Olivia Zuhoski, Holy Family, 58.96; 500 freestyle — 1. Summer Norwell, Holy Family, 5:54.40; 200 free relay — 1. Holy Family (Romano, Abeyta, Schneeberger, Szabo) 1:56.59; 100 backstroke — 1. Grace Geyer, Longmont, 1:07.79; 2. Ivy Wood, Holy Family, 1:13.96; 100 breaststroke — 1. Kaitlyn Yee, Longmont, 1:13.69;  2. Olivia Zuhoski, Holy Family, 1:13.76; 400 free relay — 1. Longmont 3:53.03; 2. Holy Family (Chapman, Wood, Zuhoski, Norwell) 4:01.80.