Kemmerer swim team prepares for last chance meet

COURTESY PHOTO / Barry Wergin

Kemmerer swimmer Noah Hankin dives in at Pinedale earlier this season. The Ranger swim team competed at the 3A West conference meet last weekend, and have the last chance meet on Thursday.

The Ranger boys’ swim team competed at the 3A West conference meet in Riverton on Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Rangers faced tough competition from Lander, Powell, Sublette County, Riverton and Lyman. Defending state champion team Lander took first place with 342 points, Powell had 247, Sublette County had 192, Riverton had 174.5, Lyman had 151, and Kemmerer finished sixth with 144.5 points.

Kemmerer earned two new state qualifications, with junior Easton Rydstrom in the 50 freestyle and sophomore Noah Hankin in the 500 freestyle.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Kemmerer team of junior Benjamin Wergin, sophomore Brayden Dearden, Rydstrom and junior Grady Killian swam to a fourth-place finish in the conference finals with a time of 1:42.16. 

The 200-yard medley relay team of Wergin, freshman Aiden Runnion, Dearden and Killian finished in 6th place a time of 1:53.79.

Runnion earned fourth place in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:21.16.

Freshman Raydin Scigliano was 6th in the diving event. Wergin was 4th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.01. Garver earned 11th place in 26.60, and Rydstrom was 12th place in 26.66, enough to qualify him to compete in the event at state.

Runnion finished 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.27. Dearden was right behind in 8th place with 1:12.26, and Killian finished 10th with 1:15.52.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of junior Collin Smith, Rydstrom, Runnion and Noah Hankin earned 5th place with a time of 4:01.30.

Dearden finished 7th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.30. Wergin was 8th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.86.

In the 500-yard freestyle race at conference, Smith placed 8th with a time of 6:15.47, and Hankin was 10th with a time of 6:23.19, fast enough to earn him a state qualification.

In the 100-yard backstroke, junior Michael Clarke finished 10th in 1:15.13 and Scigliano was 11th in 1:19.33.

The Rangers swim at the Last Chance meet in Pinedale on Thursday, Feb. 7. This meet provides an opportunity for swimmers to qualify before the state meet in Gillette next week.

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