Kemmerer Rangers swim team hosts conference meet

The Ranger boys cheer on teammate Collin Smith at the 3A West Conference swim meet on Feb. 2, at home. The Rangers placed 4th and are at the Last Chance meet in Pinedale this weekend. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

The Kemmerer Rangers boys’ swim team hosted the 3A West Conference meet on Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. Kemmerer competed against Lyman, Sublette County, Lander, Riverton and Powell. The Ranger team earned fourth place at the meet.

Kemmerer took third place in the 200-meter medley relay with Benjamin Wergin, Brayden Dearden, Carl Krell and Easton Rydstrom.

Alvaro de Vicente earned Kemmerer a fourth place in the 200-meter freestyle and in the 200-meter IM. Benjamin Wergin took sixth in the 200-meter IM. To no one’s surprise, senior Carl Krell took first place in the 100-meter butterfly.

Alvaro de Vicente and Rangers head coach Amanda Aimone chat after one of Alvaro’s races at the conference swim meet in Kemmerer on Friday, Feb. 2. Alvaro has qualified to compete at the state meet in two weeks. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

In the 100-meter freestyle, Wergin took third. Then, the Rangers swam well in the 400-meter freestyle. Vicente took second and Collin Smith earned sixth place.

Krell swam to second place in the 100-meter breaststroke.

In the 400-meter freestyle relay, the team of Wergin, Krell, Vicente and Easton Rydstrom took second for the Kemmerer team.

The Rangers head to the Last Chance meet in Pinedale this weekend. This meet offers swimmers a last chance at qualifying for the state swim meet.

The Rangers who have already qualified for state are: Carl Krell, Alvaro de Vicente, Brayden Dearden, Ben Wergin and Grady Killian.

After the last chance meet, the Rangers head to Laramie on Feb. 15 for the state meet.

The Dearden family cheers on the Kemmerer boys’ swim team at the conference meet on Friday, Feb. 2, at home. The Rangers placed fourth at the meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Easton Rydstrom finishes a race at the conference meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Sophomore Benjamin Wergin takes a breath after finishing a race at the conference meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

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