Seven swimmers clinch spots at State Meet

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PINEDALE – Seven athletes on the Sublette County combined girls’ swim team are headed to the 2021 State Swimming and Diving Championships in Gillette on Nov. 4-5.

The State roster includes Big Piney High School senior Nona Myers and junior Rayne Wheeler, along with Pinedale seniors Mia Buchanan, Sierra Hattan and juniors Rhonda Auradou, Morgan Grossman and Lilly Joseph.

Wheeler qualified in the 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle. Myers will compete in the 50 freestyle.

Sublette County hosted Kemmerer at the Pinedale Aquatic Center for the Last Chance Meet on Thursday, Oct. 27. Team scores were not kept, although Sublette swimmers scored wins in numerous events.

Wheeler took first place in the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 2 minutes, 26.88 seconds. She also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:13.88.

Grossman won in the 50 freestyle, timing in at 27.52 seconds. Buchanan won the 100 butterfly at 1:10.37, qualifying in the event.

Junior Ceili Fallon took first place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:42.28. Senior Rachael Essington scooped up first place in 1-meter diving with 112.85 points.

“It was an emotional meet for everyone,” said coach Kursty Day. “Swimming is not an easy sport and every year times get faster. These athletes work very hard all season. For that, we are proud of them.”

“We are very proud of everyone and the effort they’ve shown throughout the season,” said coach Ambr Seemann.

Additional “Last Chance” Meet results

  • 200 medley relay: Maggie Walker, Jolynn Jones, Buchanan and Jacie Friel in fourth place at 2:24.81.
  • 200 freestyle: KaLee Bohnet in sixth place at 2:53.30.
  • 200 individual medley: Addison Statham in second place at 3:13.58.
  • 50-yard freestyle: Walker in fourth place at 29.45 seconds, Friel in sixth at 30.55, Alexis Thompson in seventh at 30.97, Addysen Levitt in eighth at 31.09, Ayame Conway in 10th at 38.24 and Cambry Jenks in 11th at 41.40.
  • 100 butterfly: Bohnet in fourth place at 1:38.73 and Conway in fifth at 1:46.36.
  • 100 freestyle: Walker in sixth place at 1:07.48, Thompson in seventh at 1:10.07, Levitt in eighth at 1:12.72, Jones in 10th at 1:16.54, Emma York in 11th at 1:18.19 and Jenks in 12th at 1:35.45.
  • 200 freestyle relay: Grossman, Levitt, Thompson and Jenks in third place at 2:10.90 and Fallon, York, Jones and Bohnet in fourth at 2:11.57.
  • 100 backstroke: Friel in second place at 1:14.67 and Statham in third at 1:27.68.
  • 100 breaststroke: Fallon in second place at 1:26.24, Jones in fourth at 1:43.96 and York in fifth at 1:50.51.
  • 400 freestyle relay: Thompson, Levitt, Walker and Friel in second place at 4:57.22 and Bohnet, Conway, Statham and Fallon in third at 5:19.61.