Ranger swim team ready for 2019 conference meet


Junior Grady Killian and sophomore Brayden Dearden swim the 100-yard butterfly last weekend. The Rangers will compete at the conference meet this weekend in Riverton.

The Kemmerer Ranger boys’ swim team was busy last week, competing in three meets and earning more state qualifications.

The Ranger boys will swim in the 3A West conference meet at Riverton on Feb. 1 and 2.

Rangers’ coach Amanda Aimone said she has confidence in her team as they prepare for the conference meet this weekend.

“I love where the guys are right now. They are tired, but extremely motivated and that is right where they need to be,” Aimone said. “Conference is not the most important meet of the season, but we can still do some great things and qualify in new events. I think that if they carry the atmosphere that they created in Pinedale last week they will have an awesome conference.”

So far, the small Ranger team has racked up a lot of state qualifications in individual events.

“With over half the team qualified this year, it says a lot about these guys,” Aimone said. “Number one it says that they are internally driven to get better and get to the state meet. Number two it says that they are trusting the process that we are going through in our unique situation and that is not an easy thing. Two athletes that have done this really well are Brayden Dearden and Grady Killian. If anyone embodies those two things it has been Brayden and Grady all year long.”

Dearden has qualified for state in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, and Killian has qualified for state in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Several other Ranger swimmers are incredibly close to state-qualifying times in their individual races. Aimone explained how she coaches these swimmers to help them reach that goal.

“The way that we encourage them to cut time is to give them a breakdown of their race and what they need to do to cut time,” Aimone said. “One example of that would be in the 500 freestyle. We break it down 100 by 100 and that seems to help.”

Raydin Scigliano competes in the diving event at Pinedale last week. (COURTESY PHOTO / Robert Galbreath)

Lyman dual

Kemmerer competed in a dual meet against Lyman on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and beat the Eagles’ swim team 84-79.

First place in the 100 butterfly went to sophomore Brayden Dearden with a time of 1:05.82. Junior Grady Killian was 3rd in the race with a time of 1:16.39, and sophomore Noah Hankin was 5th with a time of 1:24.69.

Junior Benjamin Wergin finished the 200 IM at Lyman in second place with a time of 2:29.67 and freshman Aiden Runnion finished in 3rd place with a time of 2:36.50.

Wergin won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.21, and junior Michael Clarke was third with a time of 1:15.61.

Aiden Runnion

In the 200 freestyle, junior Collin Smith earned 2nd place with a time of 2:23.38, and Hankin finished the race in 2:24.92 to earn 4th place. In the 50 freestyle, 2nd place went to junior Easton Rydstrom with 26.17, 3rd place to sophomore Matt Garver with 27.56, 4th place to Clarke with 27.83 and 5th place to freshman Raydin Scigliano with 30.03. Scigliano was also first in the diving event at Lyman.

In the 100 freestyle, Smith earned second place with a time of 1:01.33, and freshman Tanner Brown earned 5th place with a time of 1:26.29. Runnion finished second in the 500 free with a time of 6:58.30 and Garver finished 3rd with a time of 6:59.68.

In the 100 breast, 2nd place went to Dearden (1:15.29), 3rd place to Killian (1:16.73), and 5th place to Brown (1:37.24).

Sublette County dual

Kemmerer competed in a dual against the Sublette County swim team on Friday, Jan. 25. The Rangers finished the meet with 84 points, and Sublette County took the meet with 99 points.

Kemmerer teams earned 1st and 2nd place in the 200-yard medley relay.

Brayden Dearden won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.52, and qualified for state in the event. Collin Smith’s time of 2:20.66 earned him fourth place. Raydin Scigliano finished the diving event in 1st place.

Grady Killian

Kemmerer dominated the 50-yard freestyle at the Pinedale Invitational. Benjamin Wergin earned 1st place with a time of 24.86. Second place went to Easton Rydstrom with a time of 26.12, Grady Killian earned 3rd place with 26.80, Noah Hankin swam a personal-record 26.86 for fourth place, and Matthew Garver was 5th place in 26.90.

Dearden also qualified for state in the 100 freestyle, with his fourth-place time of 59.13.

Runnion won the 100 butterfly with 1:12.55, and Killian earned second place with a time of 1:15.23.

Hankin finished the 500-yard freestyle in first place with a personal-record time of 6:31.88. Second place went to Wergin with 6:37.35, 3rd place went to Smith with 6:38.79 and 5th place went to Garver 6:43.40.

Easton Rydstrom and Collin Smith

The Kemmerer 200-yard freestyle relay team earned first place.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Michael Clarke earned 4th place with a time of 1:15.66. Runnion won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.87, and Scigliano earned 6th place with a time of 1:34.74. 

Pinedale Invitational

The Rangers went back to Pinedale on Saturday, Jan. 26, to take on Sublette County, Evanston and Lyman in the Pinedale Invitational.

Kemmerer finished in third place with 255 points. Sublette County won the meet with 455 pints, Evanston had 345, and Lyman finished with 214 points.

Scigliano once again finished the diving event in 1st place.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Michael Clarke, Noah Hankin, Tanner Brown and Matt Garver earned 4th place.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Ben Wergin earned 2nd place with a time of 23.85, finishing right behind Lyman’s 1st place finisher Hansen Bradshaw, who completed the race in 23.84. Matt Garver was 7th in the 50-yard freestyle, Easton Rydstrom was 8th and Clarke was 9th.

Hankin finished the 200-yard freestyle race in 8th place.

Brayden Dearden was 3rd in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:06.21. Sixth place went to Grady Killian, and Hankin earned 9th place.

Wergin finished the 100-yard freestyle in 3rd place with a time of 54.96, Runnion was 4th with a time of 57.74 and Rydstrom was 8th with a time of 1:00.74.

Matt Garver

Aiden Runnion earned second place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.46, 5th place went to Killian with a time of 1:16.51 and 6th place went to Dearden with a time of 1:16.64.

The Kemmerer team of Wergin, Dearden, Rydstrom and Killian finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.25 to earn second place.

Smith, Runnion, Hankin and Garver finished 3rd in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Clarke was 4th place and Scigliano was 7th. In the 500-yard freestyle at Pinedale, Garver earned 7th place and Smith earned 8th place.

After the Rangers compete at the conference meet in Riverton this weekend, they will travel to Green River on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Tanner Brown

Benjamin Wergin dives in last weekend.