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August 28, 2012 7:54 am

PHS swim team flashes qualifications

Written by Dante Geoffrey

Before the season started, Powell High School swim coach Luke Robertson said his main goal was to qualify every swimmer for state.

His team got off to a fast start on Saturday as six Panthers qualified – and many others came close – during their season debut at the Lander Invitational.

“This is great for our first meet out,” Robertson said in an email. “I expect that several others will be qualifying in the next few weeks.”

Freshman Amanda Tracy and sophomore Gretchen Moretti led the way by qualifying for two events each.

Tracy qualified in the 100 backstroke with a second-place time of 1:07.39 and the 100 freestyle with a third-place time of 58 seconds, flat. Tracy’s freestyle time was just .52 seconds behind first.

Moretti qualified in the 200 individual medley, with a time of 2:38.32, just three seconds behind first place, as well as the 100 yard breaststroke with a time 1:19.70, good for third place.

Sophomore SarahJean O’Neill also qualified during the 100 breaststroke, placing fifth with a time of 1:21.38.

Sophomore Stephanie Liggett qualified alongside Moretti in the medley, placing fourth with a time of 2:42.31.

Junior captain Lydia Allen was the lone upperclassman to qualify Saturday. Allen placed ninth in a very competitive 100 yard race. Allen’s time of 1:16.88 was just .07 seconds behind fellow Panther qualifier, freshman Tristan Bohlman.

Taryn Bohlman, Tristan’s sister, narrowly missed the cut in the 100 freestyle, finishing 1.59 seconds behind the last qualifier of the event. Taryn also finished just 2.15 seconds behind the final qualifier in the 100 backstroke.

Allen also narrowly missed becoming the third Panther to qualify in the 200 IM, finishing in seventh with a time of 2:47.96. The top six swimmers from the event qualified.

The Panthers placed third of six in the team results, behind host Lander and first place Jackson.

“Everyone contributed to our success this weekend. When team scores come in so close every place matters and I will continue to stress that to our swimmers and divers,” Robertson said.

The Panthers will next hit the water this Friday at 2 p.m. at the Cody Invitational.

1 Comment

  • Comment Link August 28, 2012 9:49 am posted by Nan ONeill

    Go girls!!!

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