More swimmers clock State-qualifying times

BIG PINEY – Another busy week for the Sublette County combined boys’ swim team brought continued success, with multiple first-place finishes and additional State-qualifying times.

Sublette County squared off against Kemmerer in a duel at Big Piney on Friday, Jan. 21. Sublette County won by a significant margin, 103-56.

On Thursday, Jan. 20, the boys competed at the Green River Invitational. Sublette County placed third with 214 points, beating Evanston, Lyman and Rawlins.

New State-qualifying times included sophomore Ryen Hacklin in the 500 freestyle, junior Owen Nielson in the 100 backstroke and junior Dillon Boespflug in the 200 freestyle.

“Andy DeClue and Owen have qualified in seven of the eight individual swimming events,” said coach Kursty Day. “They will both be working on the breaststroke to achieve their goal of qualifying in all eight events. Dillon has shown grit and determination after an injury.”

The Big Piney Duel featured Senior Night, with the team recognizing this season’s only senior, J.T. Day.

“J.T. has been swimming and diving all four years of high school,” said coach Day. “He loves to share his knowledge of diving with his teammate Hayden Flint. Thursday, in Green River, both Hayden and J.T. received their highest scores of the season so far with J.T. qualifying in his 11-dive format.”

Co-head coach Ambr Seemann also praised the team’s efforts.

“We saw some great competition on Thursday in Green River,” she said. “Hayden Flint swam a personal best in the 50 freestyle along with Logan Visser. Owen Nielson swam a personal best in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. We had a lot of fun Friday night, mixing up relays and celebrating our senior, J.T. Day. It was the first time our entire team has been able to attend a competition and the camaraderie and team spirit made for a memorable home meet.”

Big Piney vs. Kemmerer highlights

Nielson won the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 2 minutes, 21.16 seconds. He beat teammate DeClue by mere tenths of a second with DeClue in second place at 2:21.35.

Nielson picked up silver in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:33.11.

Day took first place in diving, tallying 253.85 points following six dives. He came in second place in the 100 freestyle at 1:09.61.

DeClue won the 400 freestyle, finishing the event in 5:05.85.

Relay teams performed well, winning two of three events.

Freshman Calleb Willson, junior Sage Mahaffey, sophomore John Ruby and junior Hunter Scott placed first in the 200 medley relay, timing in nearly 2 seconds ahead of Kemmerer at 2:28.30.

Mahaffey, freshman Ammon Woolstenhulme, Willson and DeClue swept the competition in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:12.68. Flint, Nielson, Ruby and sophomore Brycen Vrska followed in second place at 2:13.32.

In the 400-meter relay, Visser, Scott, Nielson and Day scooped up silver, clocking in at 5:21.12.

Hacklin took third place in the 50 freestyle at 29.76 seconds, followed by Mahaffey in fourth at 30.19 seconds and Ruby in fifth at 30.32 seconds.

Hacklin placed second in the 400 freestyle at 5:26.33 with Ruby in third at 5:38.42.

Mahaffey picked up bronze in the 100-meter backstroke at 1:26.15. Visser placed fifth in the event at 2:38.46.

Green River highlights

The 200 medley relay team took first place, edging Lyman out by nearly 1 second. Scott, Boespflug, Nielson and DeClue timed in at 1:53.47.

DeClue, Hacklin, Nielson and Scott finished third in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:46.70.

Nielson earned bronze in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:07.88. He took seventh place in the 200 freestyle at 2:06.93.

Day placed sixth in diving with 305.60 points after 11 dives. He came in sixth place in the 100 freestyle at 58.66 seconds.

Hacklin finished sixth in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 1:09.91. He also took eighth place in the 50 freestyle at 26.49 seconds.

Ruby placed eighth in the 200 individual medley at 2:44.10. Mahaffey finished 10th in the 50 freestyle at 27.59 seconds.