The meet, which PHS head coach Stephanie Warren called “a mini state,” kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Teams from Cody, Lander, Riverton, Buffalo, Worland, Douglas, Newcastle and Pinedale will compete, while the only Class 3A teams absent from the meet will be Kemmerer, Rawlins and Lyman.
Powell will look to add to their already impressive list of state qualifiers. Through three meets, 10 Panthers have clinched a berth at the state meet, with others zeroing in on qualifying times.
It will be the Panthers’ first meet since dualing at Lander on Dec. 19.
Warren said she had hoped the team’s lingering illnesses, which plagued the team in mid-December, would be vanquished by now.
“We were hoping over break that they would all get better and they kind of did, but it is circling through again it seems,” Warren said. “We were able to have six practices over break and our alumni challenge practice so they were in the water some, which was good.”
Powell was initially scheduled to compete in Cody’s meet on Friday afternoon, but withdrew after the meet grew bigger than expected and it became clear the Panthers wouldn’t return home until after 9 p.m.
Warren said it’s good to experience back-to-back meets because they mirror the two-day conference and state meets, but she didn’t want her team worn out on Saturday morning.
The Panthers will likely train on Friday in preparation for the hosting duties the next day.
Warm-up begins at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday.