West’s Elise Johnson wins Mark Hummels award; Windsor wins Weld County Invitational | MyWindsorNow.com

West’s Elise Johnson wins Mark Hummels award; Windsor wins Weld County Invitational

Chris Bolin

When Greeley West swim coach Colin Shaha talks about Mark Hummels, a smile comes to his face.

He can't help but grin when remembering his former classmate and friend who was killed in January 2013 in Phoenix.

"He enjoyed life to the fullest," Shaha said. "He was an incredible swimmer, thespian, writer. Then he goes into law. Everything he touched turned to gold."

A similar smile comes when he talks about Elise Johnson, who set two meet records on her way to taking home the award that bears Hummels' name.

On Tuesday, Johnson led the Spartans to a second-place finish behind Windsor at the Weld County Invitational.

"I think Elise has a lot of the same characteristics," Shaha said of the Southern Methodist University commit. "She's taking advantage of what high school has to offer. A lot more than I did."

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Johnson broke the record she set last year in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.48 before topping Morgan King's record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.77.

"It means a lot," Johnson said of winning the Hummels Award for the second time. "Mark Hummels was an amazing person and I personally aspire to be like him in way outside of the swimming pool. So, it's a really big honor."

Josie Carpenter and Gracejit Chahal won individual events, and topped the 200-yard freestyle relay with Johnson and Emma Sheaffer.

"This year has been a really solid year for Greeley West and Windsor and all the schools around us," Carpenter said. "I can't wait for conference, state and the future."

Not to be outdone, Windsor won six events to the Spartans' five, taking home the team title with 463 points — 117 points ahead of West.

"A lot of the girls swimming right now are tired and were starting to taper," Wizards freshman Richelle Witt said. "But we did really well. I think it surprised us a little bit how well we did."

The Wizards won two of three relays in the pool they will compete in for conference Friday and Saturday.

"It's nice to be in the same pool that we'll be in for conference," coach Mandy Schneider said. "We haven't swam here for a couple years, so it's nice to be able to come back and get in the pool."

Windsor took advantage of the preview, noting the subtle differences each pool has.

"It helps them feel more familiar when they come in here on Friday," Schneider said. "They already know the pool, they know what the walls feel like, they know what the touch pads are like, they know the distances and they've counted the flags and all the other pieces. So, it's good."


Rylee Daniels paced the Reds to 196 points, winning the 50-yard freestyle and finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly.

"She's been a powerhouse since her freshman year," caoch Hattie Carlson said. "She's been our highest scorer every year. She leads those girls and shows them that hard work pays off."

Kaitlyn Maker and Coco Sviatko finished second in the 100 breaststroke and 1-meter dive, respectively, to round out the Reds top-three finishers.

Hidden Valley

Valley rounded out the meet, finishing with 129 points and a handful of top-10 finishes.

Hannah Paetzel (500-yard freestyle), Jaelyn Mast (100-yard backstroke) and the 200-yard medley relay team all finished sixth.

Angie Vasquez (200 IM), Cora Smith (100 breaststroke) and both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays took home seventh-place finishes.

Meant to be Broken

Along with the two meet records Elise Johnson set, three more were broken.

Josie Carpenter set the record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:28.88, breaking the previous record by nearly eight seconds.

The Wizards also set a pair of records in their first appearance since the meet was expanded to include all Weld County schools. Makenna Sanger decimated the previous record in the 1-meter dive, scoring 439.75, and Erin Eccleston broke the 200 freestyle record with a time of 2:00.91.

Team Scores — Windsor 463, Greeley West 346, Eaton 196, Valley 129.

200-yard medley relay — Windsor A (Erin Eccleston, Hunter Waterman, Lainey Horton, Jocelyn Petersen) 2:00.57*, Windsor B (Madisen Barrieau, Aria Witt, Abby Janke, Richelle Witt) 2:06.67***, Greeley West A (Emma Douglass, Emma Sheaffer, Naomi Wiemer, Grace Doerner) 2:09.03***; 200 freestyle — Erin Eccleston, W, 2:00.91*, Josie Carpenter, GW, 2:04.31**, Grace Drake, W, 2:13.23***; 200 individual medley — Elise Johnson, GW, 2:14.48*, Gracejit Chahal, GW, 2:21.02**, Emma Sheaffer, GW, 2:24.76***; 50 freestyle — Rylee Daniels, E, 25.60*, Hunter Waterman, W, 25.89**, Lainey Horton, W, 27.25***; 1-meter diving — Makena Sanger, W, 439.75, Coco Sviatko, E, 294.00, Hannah White, W, 280.30; 100 butterfly — Erin Eccleston, W, 1:01.35*, Rylee Daniels, E, 1:02.50*, Kyra McKinney, GW, 1:12.18; 100 freestyle — Hunter Waterman, W, 56.93**, Jocelyn Petersen, W, 57.91**, Lainey Horton, W, 59.40***; 500 freestyle — Josie Carpenter, GW, 5:28.88*, Grace Drake, W, 5:57.59***, Katelyn Miller, W, 5:58.01***; 200 freestyle relay — Greeley West A (Elise Johnson, Emma Sheaffer, Grace Chahal, Josie Carpenter) 1:49.31*, Windsor A (Briley Olson, Aria Witt, Abbie Zakavec, Kyndal Waterman) 1:54.8***, Windsor B (Morgan Hykes, Katelyn Miller, Emily Wilcox, Megan Rieger) 1:57.76; 100 backstroke — Grace Chahal, GW, 1:04.70**, Jocelyn Petersen, W, 1:06.06*, Richelle Witt, W, 1:10.38; 100 breaststroke — Elise Johnson, GW, 1:08.77*, Kaitlyn Maker, E, 1:16.8***, Aria Witt, W, 1:17.38***; 400 freestyle relay — Windsor A (Erin Eccleston, Lainey Horton, Jocelyn Petersen, Hunter Waterman) 3:53.20*, Greeley West A (Josie Carpenter, Grace Doerner, Gracejit CHahal, Elise Johnson) 4:00.60**, Windsor B (Richelle Witt, Abbie Zakavec, Kaitlyn Loeffelholz, Madisen Barrieau) 4:07.39**.

* 5A state-qualifying time

** 4A state-qualifying time

*** 3A state-qualifying time