Fun, Success Spur Swimmers, Divers

The swimming and diving program averages a robust number of participants and, in recent years, has been a consistent presence at the Division II state meet. 

Success isn’t easy to come by for The Summit considering the lack of natatorium on the school’s campus. The Summit contracts with other schools for the use of their pools where student-athletes can practice during the season.

Still, the Silver Knights manage to send swimmers and divers up to the waters of C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton for the state championship meet.

Last season, as a sophomore, Sophia Zaring qualified for the meet in the 200 Individual Medley and the 500 freestyle. It was her second-consecutive trip to the state meet.

The Summit has also prepared swimmers and divers for the next level.

Stewart Spanbauer ’15 qualified for state three times before winning the Division II boys’ diving title in 2015 and continuing his competitive endeavors at NC State. Class of 2014 diver Allison Brophy (Clemson) and Class of 2017 diver Emma Hellmann (Penn State) also inked National Letters of Intent. 

Student-athletes of all skill levels come out for the team – even those who don’t know how to swim at all. While some swimmers and divers train with club teams the rest of the year, most of The Summit’s student-athletes compete only during the winter season and aim to improve as meets progress.

The Summit also conducts an offseason strength program. That attention to detail paves the way for well-populated boys’ and girls’ teams, which in turn affords many scoring options during meets.

Consistency, teamwork, positivity and good sportsmanship are hallmarks of The Summit’s program. Coaches encourage a fun atmosphere where student-athletes get to know each other, and that makes swimming and diving a popular choice.

Success is another incentive. The Summit’s girls’ teams won Miami Valley Conference championships in 2016 and 2017. 

The Summit’s swimming and diving programs are co-coached by Susan (Maxwell) Miller and Bret Miller. Mrs. Miller, a college counselor at the Upper School, was a high school swimmer and diver at Indian Hill before she earned her degree at Ohio University. She took over The Summit’s program in 2013 and was named the MVC Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Mr. Miller played baseball at Urbana University and coached baseball and swimming at Springfield Catholic Central before arriving at The Summit in 2015. He teaches science in the Upper School.