Lady Ranger swimmers open season in Lander


The Kemmerer High School girls’ swimming and diving team opened the 2022 season over the weekend at the Bruce Gresly Pentathlon Saturday in Lander, with four Lady Rangers swimming and diving their way to state-qualifying performances.

“Overall, we had a great first meet,” said KHS head coach Amanda Aimone. “It was nice to get the cobwebs out of our veterans, and to get the first-time jitters out of our freshmen and new swimmers.”

The Lady Rangers were led in the pool by Amelia Despain, who swam state-qualifying times in three of her five events — the 50 freestyle (10th place, 27.72), the 100 freestyle (13th place, 1:01.85) and the 100 butterfly (19th place, 1:13.13).

Kylie Price also qualified for state in multiple events, finishing eighth in the 50 freestyle in a time of 27.41; she also qualified in the 100 freestyle, again placing eighth with a time of 1:00.31.

Ella Thatcher swam the 50 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 1:28.60 (good enough for 11th place), while freshman Hanna Walker qualified for state in the 11-dive format, placing fifth with a score of 265.75.

“We had many great performances, but the highlights for this weekend had to be those four,” Aimone said.

The Lady Rangers are on the road again this weekend at the Green River Invitational. Asked if she’s pleased with how her team did in their first meet of the season, Aimone answered in the affirmative.

“Oh, very pleased,” she said. “[The girls] have really put in great efforts these past two weeks, and we have already seen an increase in their skills. Also, this group is so easy to work with, because they have great attitudes and work hard. It is going to be a fun season.”

Bruce Gresly

Pentathlon Results

100 Butterfly

19. Amelia Despain 1:13.13, 31. Kylie Price 1:19.09, 45. Arianne Dearden 1:24.94, 54. Ella Thatcher 1:28.86, 59. Cambree Dearden 1:32.79, 61. Tyler Thatcher 1:33.33

100 Backstroke

19. Amelia Despain 1:13.00, 34. Kylie Price 1:16.34, 45. Ella Thatcher 1:22.47, 58. Tyler Thatcher 1:25.63, 59. Cambree Dearden 1:25.95, 61. Arianne Dearden 1:26.21, 79. Kylee Batista 1:32.75

50 Freestyle

8. Kylie Price 27.41, 10. Amelia Despain 27.72, 11. Ella Thatcher 27.77, 23. Kylee Batista 28.96. 41. Tyler Thatcher 30.33, 54. Arianne Dearden 31.55, 59. Cambree Dearden 31.92

100 Breaststroke

20. Amelia Despain 1:24.01, 33. Ella Thatcher 1:28.60, 39. Tyler Thatcher 1:31.19, 48. Arianne Dearden 1:34.85, 63. Kylee Batista 1:41.54, 74. Kylie Price 1:46.00

100 Freestyle

8. Kylie Price 1:00.31, 13. Amelia Despain 1:01.85, 14. Ella Thatcher 1:02.71, 40. Kylee Batista 1:08.46, 50. Tyler Thatcher 1:11.19, 53. Arianne Dearden 1:12.39, 66. Cambree Dearden 1:15.22

1 Mtr Diving

5. Hanna Walker 265.75

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