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January 27, 2009 4:18 am

Swimmers beat Worland, fifth in invitational

Written by Tribune Staff

Two trips to Worland last week resulted in a dual meet win over the Warriors and a fifth in the Worland Invitational last week.

The Panthers earned their second win over the Warriors in a week on Friday, swimming some of their best times of the season, according to Coach Stephanie Warren.

Two swimmers added events to their list of qualifying times on Friday. Telton Pedersen matched the state standard in the 50-yard freestyle and Alex Speiser cut two seconds from his breaststroke time to qualify in that event. Pedersen qualified in the breaststroke last week and Speiser has already qualified in diving.

Jackson Miller “had a good weekend,” Warren said.

Swimming his specialty, the backstroke, Miller broke the one-minute mark with a 59.71 on Friday. On Saturday, he was disqualified in the 50, but swam his fastest time of the season in the event.

Erik Rodriguez made a major cut in his time in the butterfly, knocking eight seconds off his previous best. Trent Eckerdt also improved his time in the butterfly and Tyler Barton gained in 100-yard free.

The 400 freestyle relay team also swam their best time of the season. Miller, Roy Oursler, Anthony Quillen and Devin Lynn combined to cover the distance in 3:44.76.

On Saturday, the Panthers finished fifth in a field of nine. Lander won the meet, followed by Riverton. Buffalo and Douglas also finished ahead of the Panthers.

Two disqualifications cost the Panthers 16 points, Warren said. Without the DQ's, Powell would likely have finished third.

Warren said the Panthers had competed in the same events as Friday to see if they could improve on them, but overall, swam a little slower on Saturday.

“They were tired on Saturday, but they swam hard,” Warren said.

The meet was also valuable because it gave the Panthers a look at teams from the east. Along with Douglas, Rawlins, Buffalo and Newcastle competed in the meet.

A complete report on individual results and team scores will appear in Thursday's edition.

The swimmers will be at home Thursday night this week when the Cody Broncs visit for a dual. The dual will be the last home meet of the season and the seniors will be honored following the meet. Swimming will begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the team will travel to Lander for the Lander Invitational. The meet will begin at 11 a.m.