GILLETTE – Athletes by the hundreds gathered at the Campbell County Aquatics Center in Gillette for the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships on Nov. 4-5.
Seven swimmers represented Sublette County, and despite the small number, the team placed ninth overall with 64 points, beating Lyman, Worland, Newcastle and Riverton.
Thursday’s action featured preliminary rounds with the top 12 in each individual event and relay advancing to the finals on Friday.
Big Piney senior Adriaunna Myers took second place in the 50 freestyle. Myers timed in at 5 minutes, 50.08 seconds, her personal record for the season.
Senior Sierra Hattan returned with a third-place medal in the 100 butterfly on Friday, completing the final heat in 1:04.63.
Junior Morgan Grossman made the podium by finishing fifth in the 500 freestyle finals, clocking in at 5:54.54. Grossman also made the finals in the 200 freestyle, coming in 10th place on Friday at 2:12.31.
In diving finals, junior Rhonda Auradou took sixth place with 263.90 points following 11 dives. Fellow junior Lilly Joseph placed seventh with 259.90 points. Auradou advanced from eighth place in the preliminaries with Joseph moving up from 11th place.
Senior Mia Buchanan placed 12th in the 50 freestyle finals on Thursday with a time of 27.42 seconds.
Big Piney junior Rayne Wheeler, Hattah, junior Ceili Fallon and Buchanan placed ninth in the 200 freestyle relay finals, timing in at 1:51.36, shaving over a second off their preliminary time.
Senior Jacie Friel, Fallon, Hattan and Grossman finished ninth in the 200 medley relay at 2:08.04.
Wheeler, freshman Maggie Walker, freshman Alexis Thompson and Buchanan came in 10th place in the 400 freestyle relay at 4:16.99.
“The ladies swam their hearts out at State this year with all of them posting lifetime bests in at least one of their swims,” said coach Kursty Day. “Most not only dropped time in the prelims, they also dropped even more time in the finals. We are very proud of our young team and all their effort this year. We look forward to next year and seeing how they improve.”
“We are very proud of our team and their performances at State,” said coach Ambr Seemann. “Most stepped up and gave more than they believed they could to every race. The positive attitudes and effort were so rewarding to witness. These girls worked hard and were consistent in their dedication to reaching their goals. We are looking forward to seeing this team develop as they gain experience.”
200 medley relay: Jacie Friel, Ceili Fallon, Sierra Hattan and Morgan Grossman in seventh place, 2:04.92.
200 freestyle: Grossman in 10th place, 2:11.79.
200 IM: Rayne Wheeler in 16th place, 2:33.97.
50 freestyle: Mia Buchanan in 12th place, 27.40
Diving: Rhonda Auradou in eighth place, 121.90; Lilly Joseph in 11th place, 117.90.
100 butterfly: Hattan in third place, 1:03.67; Buchanan in 17th place, 1:12.39.
100 freestyle: Wheeler in 20th place, 1:01.04.
500 freestyle: Grossman in fourth place, 5:50.73.
200 freestyle relay: Wheeler, Fallon, Hattan, Buchanan in ninth place, 1:52.08.
400 freestyle relay: Wheeler, Maggie Walker, Buchanan, Grossman in ninth place, 4:11.25.
200 medley relay: Friel, Fallon, Hattan, Grossman in ninth place, 2:08.04.
200 freestyle: Grossman in 10th place, 2:12.31.
50 freestyle: Buchanan in 12th place, 27.42.
Diving: Auradou in sixth place, 263.90; Joseph in seventh place, 259.90.
100 butterfly: Hattan in third place, 1:04.63.
500 freestyle: Grossman in fifth place, 5:54.54.
200 freestyle relay: Wheeler, Fallon, Hattan, Buchanan in ninth place, 1:51.36.
400 freestyle relay: Wheeler, Walker, Thompson, Buchanan in 10th place, 4:16.99.