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PHS swimmers take down Cody

Powell High School junior Gracie McLain competes in the 200 freestyle in Cody on Friday where she swam to a sixth place finish in 2:37.78. Powell High School junior Gracie McLain competes in the 200 freestyle in Cody on Friday where she swam to a sixth place finish in 2:37.78. Tribune photo by Breanne Thiel

Powell hosts 3A West Conference meet Friday and Saturday

The Lady Panthers swim team defeated Cody in its final competition of the regular season, coming home with a team win of 102-74 in the dual. The Lady Panthers qualified a 15th swimmer for the state meet — Madison Lowery — and had 18 state qualifying times by 11 individuals.

“We are excited that Madison Lowery became our 15th athlete to qualify for state with a 28.47 [seconds] swim in the 50 [freestyle],” said head coach Bob Smartt. “[Lowery] also showed her potential in the backstroke by improving her personal best time from 1:20.07 to 1:15.38.”

In the last two events of the dual, Smartt generally had the Lady Panthers swim in exhibition times so as not to run the score up on the Fillies.

Rylie Kannard was the only Powell swimmer who did not compete with an exhibition time in the 100 backstroke; she finished first with a state qualifying time of 1:10.88.

Smartt also said that “Sidney O’Brien had a nice win in the 50 free (28.09) and she achieved state cuts in both the 50 and 100 free, giving her more event options at state.”

O’Brien finished second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:03.16.

Caitlyn Miner was a double winner, placing first in diving with a score of 175, as well as the 100 butterfly, where her time of 1:06.70 is less than one second from Powell Hall of Fame status. Both events were state qualifying scores.

“It was gratifying to see our depth on display with six athletes swimming faster than the state mark in the 50 free, and with five athletes doing so in the 100 backstroke,” Smartt said.

The six individuals who swam state qualifying times in the 50 freestyle — listed in order of first to sixth place — were O’Brien (28.09), Katrina Twitchell (28.25), Kendyl Bohlman (28.27), Rylie Kannard (28.29), Aspen Aguirre (28.36) and Lowery (28.47).

Also winning their events with state qualifying times were: Ashlyn Aguirre in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:19.91, Anna Fuller in the 200 IM with a time of 2:39.03 and Twitchell in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:33.02.

The other state qualifying individual was JuliaKay O’Neill, who took second place in diving with a score of 170.40.

The Lady Panthers will host the 3A West Conference meet this weekend, with a start time slated to begin at noon on Friday and resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Results from Cody Dual

200 Yard Medley Relay

1. Aspen Aguirre, Caitlyn Miner, JuliaKay O’Neill and Katrina Twitchell 2:03.76, 3. Maddi Hackenberg, Emma Karhu, Lauren Lejeune and Raelyn Ramsey 2:28.72

200 Yard Freestyle

1. Ashlyn Aguirre 2:19.91, 3. Addison Moretti 2:26.33, 6. Gracie McLain 2:37.78

200 Yard IM

1. Anna Fuller 2:39.03, 3. Rachel Kuntz 2:51.73, 4. Sydney Horton 2:58.46

50 Yard Freestyle

1. O’Brien 28.09, 2. Twitchell 28.25, 3. Bohlman 28.27, 4. Kannard 28.29, 5. Aspen Aguirre 28.36, 6. Lowery 28.47, 8. Elizabeth Liggett 29.78, 9. Ramsey 30.70, 10. Jala Satterwhite 31.97

Diving

1. Caitlyn Miner 175, O’Neill 170.40, 3. Karhu 140.80, 5. Hackenberg 118

100 Yard Freestyle

2. O’Brien 1:03.16, 3. Fuller 1:05.09, 4. Ashlyn Aguirre 1:05.36, 7. Horton 1:11.84

500 Yard Freestyle

1. Twitchell 6:33.02, 3. Kuntz 7:13.28, 4. Ramsey 8:04.51

200 Yard Freestyle

1. O’Brien, Ashlyn Aguirre, Miner and Twitchell 1:55.88, 3. Fuller, Satterwhite, Horton, Kuntz 2:03.79

100 Yard Backstroke

1. Kannard 1:10.88

100 Yard Backstroke Exhibition Times

O’Neill 1:05.90, Aspen Aguirre 1:09.21, Moretti 1:10.85, Bohlman 1:13.87, Lowery 1:15.38, McLain 1:21.80

100 Yard Breaststroke Exhibition Time

Liggett 1:26.44, Karhu 1:34.42, Lejeune 1:35.87

400 Yard Freestyle Relay Exhibition Time

Team of Fuller, O’Brien, Ashlyn Aguirre and Moretti 4:26.38, team of O’Neill, Bohlman, Kannard and Aspen Aguirre 4:39.30 and the team of Horton, Kuntz, Lowery and Satterwhite 4:57.68

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