Metro’s 2015 hall of fame class has been announced and it includes five players and one team.
Ymara Guante in soccer, Greg Isenhart and Gary Romero in baseball, Kristin Schweissing and Todd Schmitz in swimming, and the entire 2006 women’s soccer team will be inducted Feb. 7 at the Auraria Event Center beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Guante was a two-year letter winner who was a part of the 2004 women’s national champion team. That season, Guante won national player of the year honors and scored 13 goals and 18 assists. She ranks second in school history for assists and assists per game (29 assists, 0.59 apg).
Guante’s 44 points in a season currently ranks ninth in school history.
Isenhart was a part of the baseball team from 1981 to 1984, and he lettered each year.
A two-time team captain and MVP, Isenhart hit an average of .373 with 177 hits over a 121 game span.
His best season came in 1983 when he averaged .426 with five home runs, three triples, 13 doubles, 30 runs scored, 27 runs batted in and stole 14 bases.
Another four-year letter winner as a member of the baseball team, Romero’s 64 stolen bases ranks fourth in the school record books and also ranks 10th in runs scored with 127.
Romero averaged .342 with 51 runs, 29 steals and 29 RBIs in his senior year.
Indoors instead of outdoors is Schweissing, who was a four-year letter winner in swimming from 1996 to 1999. While at Metro, she was named an All-American six times, the most for a women in the sport.
Schweissing still holds the school record for the 500 freestyle (5:10.64), as well as the 200 backstroke (2:06.22) and the 200 and 400 individual medleys with times of 2:10.42 and 4:34.82 respectively.
Another member of the swim team was Schmitz, who lettered every year at Metro from 1998 to 2001.
Schmitz was an All-American in two events, and has since become the head coach of the Colorado Stars, a Denver-based swim club.
With the Stars, Schmitz became the personal coach of Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Missy Franklin.
Schmitz was also a coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team in London.
The final inductee, the 2006 women’s soccer team, won their second national title in three years (2004 and 2006). The team started the season on a 12-game winning streak and finished the season with a 24-2-0 record, including a perfect 12-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Led by National Player of the Year Kylee Hanavan, the Roadrunners won all five of their NCAA tournament games, which included wins against four top-10 teams.
In the semifinals, Metro survived No. 2 West Chester University 2-1 in overtime to advance to the national championship against the No. 8 Grand Valley State Lakers.
The Runners edged the Lakers 1-0 after Kira Sharp scored the winning goal in the 94th minute. Sharp scored both game-winning goals for the Lady Runners.
The ’06 squad represented four All-Americans in Hanavan, Sharp, Rachel Zollner and Nicole Cito.
Author: Scott Corbridge
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