Summer found her love of running when she joined her middle school’s cross-country team in sixth grade. After a quick growth spurt (6 inches in 3 months!) between freshman and sophomore year in high school, she transitioned from distance running to pole vaulting. Summer vaulted at George Mason University for two years before going back to her true roots as a distance runner.
Summer did her first triathlon while working as a nurse in order to impress a guy, who is now her husband, and fellow pro triathlete, Ben Deal. In 2019, Summer qualified as a pro triathlete with a breakthrough performance at Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz.
Summer is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Public Health and currently works as an infection preventionist at UC Health in Colorado Springs.
She also coaches multi-sport athletes and enjoy training just as much as racing. With a relatively late start in the swimming and biking arena, she hopes to continue making progress by breaking into the top pack of professionals.