Rangers qualify more swimmers for state at Lyman and Green River

COURTESY PHOTO / Barry Wergin

Easton Rydstrom prepares to dive in for a Ranger relay at the Green River Invite on Saturday.

The Kemmerer boys’ swim team continued to improve last weekend at the Lyman Invite and the Green River Invitational. The Rangers will travel to Pinedale on Saturday, Jan. 26, to compete against Sublette County, Evanston and Lyman.

Current State Qualifiers

The Rangers continue to earn berths in the individual state races. The following Rangers have qualified for individual state events:

Junior Benjamin Wergin has qualified for state in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM.

Freshman Aiden Runnion has earned state-qualifying times in the 200 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Sophomore Brayden Dearden is a state qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Juniors Grady Killian and Collin Smith are also state qualifiers in the 100-yard breaststroke, and freshman Raydin Scigliano has qualified for state in the diving event.

Lyman Invite

On Friday, Jan. 18, the Ranger boys swam at the Lyman Invite against Green River, Rock Springs, Evanston, Sublette County and Lyman.

The Rangers placed 2nd in the 200-yard medley relay at Lyman with the team of junior Benjamin Wergin, freshman Aiden Runnion, sophomore Brayden Dearden and junior Grady Killian, with a time of 1:55.12.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Wergin swam to second place with a personal record time of 23.42, only four-tenths of a second out of first place. Dearden placed 10th with a state-qualifying time of 25.97. Runnion, Killian and Tanner Brown also competed in the 50-yard freestyle.

Dearden, Killian, Runnion and Wergin finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.02.

Wergin finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.08. Freshman Raydin Scigliano was third in the diving event.

Kemmerer’s Matt Garver swims at Green River last weekend. The Rangers will compete in Pinedale on Saturday.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Dearden finished 6th with a time of 1:08.44, and Runnion was 10th with a time of 1:16.04.

Killian tied for 10th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.18, and Noah Hankin was right behind him in 12th place with a time of 1:03.23.

In the 200-yard freestyle, junior Collin Smith was 10th with 2:24.58, Hankin was 11th with a time of 2:24.68, and Matt Garver finished in 13th place with a time of 2:26.55.

Green River Invite

Right after Lyman, the Rangers traveled to compete at the Green River Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Ranger swimmers beat Sublette County to earn fifth place at the swim meet.

The Rangers continued their success in the 200-yard medley relay with a second-place finish from the team of Wergin, Dearden, Runnion and Killian in a time of 1:56.68. The same team finished in 3rd place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.80.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Wergin was second with a time of 54.30. Collin Smith finished in ninth place with a state-qualifying time of 54.30. Rydstrom came in 12th place, and Tanner Brown also competed.

Runnion swam to a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.58. Dearden was 7th in the race with a time of 1:15.09, and Killian was 9th with a time of 1:16.65. 

Michael Clarke warms up before a race at Green River last weekend. 

Freshman Raydin Scigliano earned first place in the diving event. The Ranger swim team had a strong performance in the 50-yard freestyle race. Wergin was 3rd with a time of 24.39, Rydstrom was 7th with 26.32, Matt Garver was 8th with 26.67 and Killian and Clarke also competed. Runnion finished the 200-yard IM in 7th place with a time of 2:34.28.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Smith, Hankin, Garver and Scigliano earned 9th place with a time of 4:42.09. Dearden was 10th in the 100-yard butterfly.

Michael Clarke finished 13th in the 100-yard backstroke, and Matt Garver finished 14th in the 500-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard freestyle, 12th place went to Smith and 15th went to Hankin. 

Tanner Brown swims a race for the Rangers at Green River last weekend. 

Noah Hankin swims a race for the Rangers at Green River last weekend. 

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