Villarreals make mark at state swim meet

COURTESY PHOTOS / Karami Villarreall

Left: Zyan, Malachi and Jade Villarreal competed at the USA Winter State Swim Championships in Laramie. Right: Zyan Villarreal was crowned the state champion in the 25-yard butterfly in the boys’ 8-and-under division.

Zyan (age 7), Jade (age 10), and Malachi (age 11) Villarreal represented Kemmerer this year at the USA Winter State Championships in Laramie, Wyo.

Zyan is the new Wyoming State Champion in the boys 8-and-under division in the 25-yard butterfly. Zyan also placed 3rd in the 100-yard free, 25-yard free, and 100-yard IM. Zyan placed 5th in the 50-yard free and 8th in the 25-yard breaststroke. Zyan came in second for high point in the boys 8-and-under division.  

This was Jade’s first state competition, and he proved he deserved to be there. Jade placed 11th in the state in the 10-and-under boys division in his 50-yard breaststroke, cutting three seconds off his qualifying time. Jade also swam the 100-yard breaststroke, placing 13th and cutting more than 4 seconds. 

Malachi competed in the 12-and-under boys division. Malachi placed 4th in the 500-yard free, cutting 12.45 seconds, and 4th in the 200-yard IM, cutting more than 7 seconds. Malachi also finished 7th in the 100-yard back, and 8th in the 50-yard backstroke. 

These boys have worked very hard over the past year.  We have had to travel four days a week to practice in Evanston, Lyman and Green River since the Kemmerer pool is being renovated. Their work ethic and dedication is amazing at such a young age, I couldn’t be more proud of these boys both as a coach and as their mother. 

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