Swimmers dive into postseason

Courtesy photo Eight swimmers on the Sublette County combined girls’ swim team advanced to the finals at the 3A Conference Meet in Rawlins on Saturday, Oct. 22. Pictured in front are Rhonda Auradou, left, and Lilly Joseph, right. Pictured in back, from left, are Jolynn Jones, Alexis Thompson, Rayne Wheeler, Morgan Grossman, Addy Levitt and Maggie Walker.

RAWLINS – Postseason action opened for the Sublette County combined girls’ swim team at the 3A West Conference Meet in Rawlins on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22.

Friday featured preliminaries with the top 12 in each individual event advancing to the finals on Saturday.

Multiple athletes from Sublette County posted strong performances on Friday and returned to the pool Saturday to place in the finals. The team finished in sixth place overall with 92 points.

“Conference is one of my favorite meets,” said Co-Head Coach Kursty Day. “The pool is full of athletes cheering on their teammates. We have a young team this year and for most of our athletes this was their first time to experience Conference and the excitement that comes with it.”

Finals results – Saturday

Senior Rayne Wheeler broke into the top 12 in two individual events to compete in the finals on Saturday. She took eighth place in the 200-individual medley, clocking in at 2 minutes, 42.45 seconds. Wheeler picked up ninth place in the 100-freestyle, hitting the finish line in 1:02.27.

Senior Morgan Grossman also made it to the finals in two events. In the 500-freestyle, she snagged sixth place with a time of 6:15.55. On the other end of the distance spectrum, Grossman came in ninth place in the 50-freestyle, posting a time of 28.78 seconds.

Sophomore Jolynn Jones scooped up eighth place in the 100-butterfly, timing in at 1:20.18. Fellow sophomore KaLee Bohnet placed 12th in the butterfly at 1:27.37.

Sophomore Maggie Walker bagged 11th place in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:26.17.

In diving, senior Lilly Joseph earned eighth place, tallying 288.50 points following 11 dives. Rhonda Auradou, also a senior, took 10th place in diving with 262.60 points.

Sublette County relay teams rose to the occasion on Saturday. Wheeler, Walker, sophomore Alexis Thompson and Grossman captured fifth place in the 200-freestyle relay at 1:57.01.

Wheeler, junior Addy Levitt, Jones and Grossman took fifth place in the 400-freestyle relay, clocking in at 4:28.85.

Levitt, Jones, Walker and Thompson placed seventh in the 200-medley relay, finishing the event in 2:20.83.

Athletes have a final opportunity to qualify for the State Tournament at the Last Chance Meet in Pinedale on Thursday, Oct. 27. The event is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Laramie High School hosts the State Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5.

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