The Kemmerer High School girls’ swimming and diving team continued its march to the postseason over the weekend, turning in another solid performance at the Pinedale Invitational against a talented field of schools.
The Lady Rangers placed fourth as a team in the eight-team field, just six points out of third. Lander took the team title with 326 points, followed by Jackson with 248.5 and Worland with 179.5. Kemmerer was fourth, with 171.5 points; Evanston rounded out the Top 5, with 118 points.
“Things went really well for our team,” said KHS head coach Amanda Aimone. “We ended up fourth, which speaks volumes for this team, because they were the smallest team there and were six points out of third. We had some strong swims and great dives and though we didn't get any new qualifiers, we still had a great meet.”
Amelia Despain and Kylie Price posted third-place finishes in the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle, respectively; Despain also finished fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:32.77), while Price was fourth in the 500 freestyle (6:27.43).
Other notable performances included Hanna Walker in diving (4th, 293.90), Ella Thatcher in the 50 freestyle (4th, 28.32), Tyler Thatcher in the 100 freestyle (6th, 1:05.46) and Kaylie Julander in the 100 backstroke (11th, 1:19.51).
“Hanna Walker did some great diving for us – this was probably her best meet,” Aimone said. “She set a personal best of 293.90 which placed her fourth at that meet. Cambree Dearden was eighth in both the 200 free and 500 free, where she cut the most time out of our entire team. I was really impressed on how she pushed herself to get better in those events and help the team. Kylee Batista also had a great swim in the 100 freestyle. She and I had a conversation before her swim and we agreed on her going a 1:06 and she did it! She also placed eighth in that event to score points for us. Lastly, the 200 and 400 free relays of Amelia Despain, Kylie Price, Ella and Tyler Thatcher did a great job. We didn't post season bests in those races but they placed second right behind Lander, which I feel is a great accomplishment. They were neck and neck in the 200 free relay the entire time, and I loved seeing them push a powerhouse like Lander.”
The Lady Rangers host their Homecoming meet Thursday, welcoming in Evanston and Sublette County; the team heads to Rawlins Saturday.
“This is the part of the season that gets really tough,” Aimone said. “We amp up the intensity and the time in the pool. The kids are going to be asked to be even more tough than they already are, which with this team seems like they are more than capable. We also can't forget to do the little things better, such as turns and starts.”
1. Lander 326, 2. Jackson 248.5, 3. Worland 179.5, 4. Kemmerer 171.5, 5. Evanston 118, 6. Lyman 108, 7. Riverton 105.5, 8. Sublette 78
200 Medley Relay
3. Kylie Price 2:14.36, 8. Cambree Dearden 2:29.01
4. Amelia Despain 2:32.77
4. Ella Thatcher 28.32, 9. Kylie Batista 29.41, 10. Tyler Thatcher 29.42
Girls 1 Mtr Diving
4. Hanna Walker 293.90, 13. Kaylie Julander 235.45
3. Amelia Despain 1:13.05, 8. Arianne Dearden 1:19.39
6. Tyler Thatcher 1:05.46, 8. Kylee Batista 1:06.57
4. Kylie Price 6:27.43, 8. Cambree Dearden 6:52.61
200 Freestyle Relay
2. Amelia Despain, Kylie Price, Ella Thatcher, Tyler Thatcher 1:50.03
11. Kaylie Julander 1:19.51
400 Freestyle Relay
2. Amelia Despain, Kylie Price, Ella Thatcher, Tyler Thatcher 4:11.09