Girls' swim team finds success at Conference

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PINEDALE – Cheers echoed through the Pinedale Aquatic Center as six teams gathered for the 3A West Conference Meet on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23. Sublette County’s combined girls’ swim team placed sixth with 155 points.

Friday featured preliminary rounds and the first eight of 11 dives. The top 12 athletes in each event and the six top relay teams advanced to the final rounds on Saturday.

Big Piney junior Rayne Wheeler made a strong showing in the preliminaries, advancing to the finals in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle. Wheeler also qualified in the 50-yard freestyle as the leadoff in the 200 freestyle relay.

During the finals on Saturday, Wheeler made it to the podium in both individual events. She took fifth place in the 200-yard individual medley, clocking in at 2 minutes, 37.40 seconds. In the 100-yard freestyle, Wheeler came in sixth place in the 100-yard freestyle at 1:02.62.

Wheeler, along with junior Ceili Fallon, senior Sierra Hattan and senior Mia Buchanan, placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay finals on Saturday. The team timed the event in at 1:52.47.

Hattan took second place in the 100-yard butterfly finals, earning All Conference honors with a time of 1:03.97. Hattan also finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:16.95.

Junior Morgan Grossman placed third in the 200 freestyle finals at 2:13.21 and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle finals at 6:07.71.

In diving, junior Rhonda Auradou made the podium with a third-place finish after 11 dives with 281 points. Fellow junior Lilly Joseph took fifth at 273.95 points.

Senior Jacie Friel, Fallon, Hattan and Grossman took fifth place in the 200-yard medley relay finals, clocking in at 2:07.16.

“We are very proud of how our swimmers swam as a whole this weekend,” said coach Kursty Day. “Almost everyone dropped significant time in at least one event. The ladies will have one more chance to qualify (for State) on Thursday in Pinedale. We have several swimmers that are very close and we hope to add them to the state roster.”

“Conference was a meet of great improvement for many of our swimmers and divers,” said coach Ambr Seemann. “All our juniors and seniors made it to the finals, most in individual and relay events. We are proud of all our athletes and thankful for the privilege of coaching ladies of great character.”

Additional preliminary results – Big Piney swimmers

Freshman Addison Statham placed 19th in the 200 individual medley at 3:15.06. She also took 21st place in the 100 backstroke, timing in at 1:27.35 on Friday.

In the 50 freestyle preliminaries, freshman Emma York placed 16th at 32.67 seconds, followed by freshman Jolynn Jones in 19th place at 33.23 seconds, junior Ayame Conway in 26th at 37.29 and freshman Cambry Jenks in 27th at 39.39.

Conway came in 17th place in the 100 butterfly prelims, clocking in at 1:50.11.

Jenks placed 24th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:28.35.

York took 15th place in the 500-yard freestyle prelims at 7:35.58 with Jones coming in 18th place at 7:48.71.