The 2018 Lady Ranger state swimming competitors. Back row: manager Brayden Dearden, Shelby Swann, Alexis Krall, Sophie Failoni, Teryn Thatcher, Sydnie Julander, Brooklynn Hagler and manager Aiden Runnion. Front row: Addison Wilcox, Cheyann Roose, Laurel Clarke. The Lady Rangers are coached by Amanda Aimone.
The Kemmerer girls’ swim team competed at the 3A state meet in Laramie from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3. Lander took the 3A state title, Powell came in 2nd and Buffalo took 3rd place. Kemmerer placed 11 out of 13 teams. The Lady Rangers finished ahead of Newcastle and Rawlins.
“The team performed great at state,” said swim coach Amanda Aimone. “They exceeded my expectations and I think they also surprised a lot of people at state.”
Lady Ranger senior Brooklynn Hagler took 5th place at state in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:05.67 — her best time all season and a new school record.
“It was great to see Brooklynn break that record. It really reflects her attitude and her hard work this season,” Aimone said. “Going into the season I don’t think that Brooklynn knew she would be anywhere near that record, but we talked about it after conference and I could see it in her that she believed she could do it. What got her to that record was her constant hard work and her overall positive ‘we can do it’ attitude.”
Junior Teryn Thatcher swam to a sixth-place finish at state in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.61.
Clarke finished 8th in the diving event. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hagler, Krall, Thatcher and Addison Wilcox also earned 8th place.
Because of complications with the indoor pool renovations, the Lady Rangers swim team did not have a pool of their own to practice all season. The girls traveled to Evanston to practice. Coach Aimone said the swimmers handled this challenge well.
“I believe that this season tested these ladies for all that they had, and they aced the test,” Aimone said. “They had a great attitude that made it a very successful season. They also believed in the process that we needed to go through to get to where we ended up.
“Their belief in themselves, their team, and the system helped them be incredibly successful,” Aimone continued. “We didn’t have the water time or the resources that other teams had, but (the team) gave everything they had to their workouts and to the team.”
At state Kemmerer’s 200-yard medley relay team earned 7th place. That team was made up of freshman Laurel Clarke, Thatcher, Hagler and senior Alexis Krall.
Kemmerer’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Laurel Clarke, Wilcox, Cheyann Roose and Sophie Failoni swam to 12th place at state.
“I feel like we had an incredibly successful season,” Aimone said. “We had multiple all-time personal records and the girls accomplished things they had never accomplished before. We had a school record broken and they exceeded a lot of expectations in the process. I am very proud of this team and all that they have accomplished.”