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Panthers finish third in conference

Junior captain Lydia Allen competes in the 200 yard individual medley during the preliminary round of the 3A West Conference meet in Lander on Friday. Allen advanced to Saturday’s final round, where she finished 10th overall. Fellow Panthers Stephanie Liggett and Gretchen Moretti finished fourth and sixth in the event, respectively. Powell finished third overall in the meet. Junior captain Lydia Allen competes in the 200 yard individual medley during the preliminary round of the 3A West Conference meet in Lander on Friday. Allen advanced to Saturday’s final round, where she finished 10th overall. Fellow Panthers Stephanie Liggett and Gretchen Moretti finished fourth and sixth in the event, respectively. Powell finished third overall in the meet. Tribune photo by Dante Geoffrey

The Powell High School girls swim team finished in third place at this weekend’s 3A West Conference Championships in Lander.

The two day meet featured seven schools competing in 12 events. Preliminaries were held on Friday, with the top 12 finishers in each event advancing to compete on Saturday.

The top six finishers would have a spot in the event’s finals while finishers seven through 12 would race in the consolation heat.

Powell had 10 top-six finishes, including two team relays.

Freshman Amanda Tracy led the way with two top-six finishes, and also recorded Powell’s highest finish of the meet.

Tracy finished second in the 200 freestyle, finishing behind Jackson’s Kiana Phelps. The two freshmen mirrored their 1-2 finish in the preliminaries.

Tracy later finished third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.76, .64 seconds faster than her time in the preliminaries.

Tracy also competed in 200 medley relay, swimming the third-fastest backstroke leg, and in the 200 freestyle relay in which she swam the third fastest final leg.

Fellow freshman Taryn Bohlman finished ninth in the 200 free as the only other Panther to finish in the top 12.

Powell put two swimmers on the podium in two separate events.

Freshman Stephanie Liggett and sophomore Gretchen Moretti finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 200 individual medley. The two girls were separated by only .49 seconds.

Junior Lydia Allen swam in the consolation round on Saturday and finished 10th overall.

The Panthers’ best event might have been the 100 butterfly, in which Powell had three swimmers finish in the top eight.

Freshman Stephanie Liggett took third, freshman Tristan Bohlman took fifth and senior Sarah Wurzel took eighth.

Tristan Bohlman would move up one level on the podium after the 100 backstroke. Her fourth-place time of 1:11.93 was the fastest among all freshmen during the finals.

Sophomore Natalie Quillen and Wurzel finished seventh and 11th, respectively.

In the second to last event, Moretti would become the only Panther other than Tracy to place in the top three. Moretti finished third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.76.

Sophomore SarahJean O’Neill and senior Courtenay Zorgati finished seventh and ninth, making the breaststroke the third event in which Powell placed three swimmers in the top 11.

Junior Baxter Heinert had a strong weekend, swimming in two Saturday consolation events. Heinert finished ninth in the 50 freestyle event and seventh in the 500 free. Her 500 freestyle time, 6:14.50 was faster than that of the fifth and sixth place finishers in the finals.

On the diving board, both Powell divers made it to the field of 12. Freshman Lexee Craig finished eighth, followed closely by junior Hannah Sweet in ninth.

Powell finished fourth in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. The Panthers closed the weekend with a fifth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Following the final event, awards were given to individual swimmers and coaches.

Sarah Wurzel was chosen as the Panther who best exemplified sportpersonship by consistently cheering on her teammates and displaying a positive attitude.

The Panthers do not compete again until Oct. 26 and 27 at the state championships in Gillette.

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1 comment

  • posted by Nan ONeill

    October 16, 2012 12:00 pm

    Go Lady Pantherfish! We are so proud of you and all your hard work!

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