Schumacher wins 2012 Ironman!Junior extends Tuscola’s streak to nine consecutive girls’ titles
SKYLAND — In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Oh, and a Tuscola High girl swimmer winning the annual Ironman swim meet.
Tuscola junior London Schumacher beat senior teammate Katy Stringfield by more than 18 seconds (14:18.35-14:32.84) to win the 2012 Ironman girls swim meet at the Zeugner Center pool on Saturday.
Schumacher’s victory denied Stringfield, who are also teammates on the Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club, her third straight Ironman. She also gave Tuscola High School its ninth consecutive girls’ Ironman title.
“I’m just so proud to be able to be able to carry on the tradition that was started by Anna Stringfield in 2004,” said Schumacher. “I had trained hard for the event and I was a little nervous going into the meet. I knew Katy was going to make it tough to win.”
Tuscola’s nine consecutive championships started in 2004 with Anna Stringfield (2004-06), who won three Ironmans and who still holds six records. Victoria Oslund (2007-09) also won three in a row and set a record in the 100 fly, before (Katy) Stringfield (2010-11) won two consecutive Ironmans.
Despite Stringfield having won four of the first seven events, Schumacher held a slim lead going into the final event, which was her strongest event, the 100 breast. And she knew she had the Ironman wrapped up.
“I was leading Katy going into the final event, which was the 100 breast, and that is one of my strongest events,” said Schumacher. “I knew I was in position to win the Ironman.”
In the boys meet, Tuscola’s Collin Purrman (13:30.61) missed winning the Ironman by more than 28 seconds as Asheville High School’s Luke Lechner (13:01.04) won all eight races to win the title.
Also competing in the girls Ironman for Tuscola were Annie Ly (fifth) Vanessa Ly (seventh), Erin Peterson (13th) and Chloe Zacher (15th). For the Tuscola boys, Mason Calhoun finished fifth overall and Jack MacDonald was sixth.
(Anna) Stringfield’s six Ironman records are the 50 free (25.77), 100 free (54.69), 200 free (1:57.76), 500 free (5:10.56), 100 back (1:01.79), 200 IM (2:12.53) and the cumulative time (13:58.49). Oslund’s record is in the 100 fly (1:00.52).