Swimmers snag qualifying times, medals in busy weekend

FREMONT COUNTY – The Sublette County combined boys’ swim team returned from a busy weekend with a bag full of medals and new State-qualifying times.

Sublette County placed second with 244 points at the Lander Quad on Friday, Dec. 17, beating Cody and Douglas. On Saturday, Dec. 18, the team was back in the pool at the Riverton Quad.

Results from Riverton were not available by press time and will be published in Friday’s Pinedale Roundup.

Big Piney junior Owen Nielson qualified in four individual events over the weekend – the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

Nielson came in second place in the 500-yard freestyle in Lander, timing in at 5 minutes, 55.77 seconds, nearly a minute faster than the third-place athlete from Douglas. Nielson took third place in the 200-yard individual medley on Friday with a time of 2:29.13.

Big Piney senior J.T. Day qualified for State in 1-meter diving with a first-place finish in Lander, tallying up 167.05 points after six dives.

Sophomore Ryen Hacklin of Big Piney qualified in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley in Lander and Riverton, respectively.

Pinedale sophomore Andy DeClue added four qualifying events – the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. DeClue came in second place in the 100-yard freestyle in Lander, clocking in at 55.56 seconds.

Hunter Scott, from Jackson and competing on the team, qualified in the 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Scott won the 100-yard breaststroke in Lander, finishing in 1:09.15.

Additional highlights from Lander included a second-place finish for the 200-yard freestyle relay team. Hacklin, Day, Ammon Woolstenhulme and Scott finished the race in 1:47.78.

DeClue, Nielson, Hacklin and Scott took second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay at 3:52.69.

Pinedale sophomore Brycen Vrska won the Sportsmanship Award in Lander.

“Sublette swimmers and divers had another great weekend in Lander and Riverton,” said coach Kursty Day. “Our freshmen and sophomores are working hard. We have seen improvement in their strokes and, in return, times have dropped in their individual events. It was very exciting to watch Andy, Hunter and Owen each qualify in four individual events this weekend. We will continue to work over Christmas break and look forward to competing in Kemmerer on Dec. 30.”

Additional results – Lander

  • 200-yard medley relay: DeClue, Day, Nielson and Woolstenhulme in fourth place at 2:06.32.
  • 200-yard freestyle: Scott in third place at 1:59.36, Hacklin in ninth at 2:17.55, Calleb Willson in 13th at 2:48.97, Vrska in 14th at 2:57.93 and Reuben Allen in 15th at 3:33.51.
  • 50-yard freestyle: Woolstenhulme in sixth place at 32.47 seconds and Logan Visser in 10th at 50.73 seconds.
  • 100-yard freestyle: Sage Mahaffey in seventh place at 1:04.00, Allen in 12th at 1:35.98 and Visser in 13th at 1:54.16.
  • 200-yard freestyle relay: Mahaffey, Vrska, Willson and Visser in fourth place at 2:27.84.
  • 100-yard backstroke: DeClue in fifth place at 1:06.81, Hacklin in sixth at 1:07.95, Mahaffey in 10th at 1:19.75 and Vrska in 12th at 1:32.19.
  • 100-yard breaststroke: Day in fourth place at 1:20.56 and Willson in sixth at 1:23.30.
  • 400-yard freestyle relay: Willson, Mahaffey, Vrska and Allen in in seventh place at 5:23.05.