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Panther swim team dives into season

PHS sophomore Ben Cannizzaro practices the breast stroke at Thursday night’s practice. The swim season begins at home on Friday in a triangular with Cody and Worland. PHS sophomore Ben Cannizzaro practices the breast stroke at Thursday night’s practice. The swim season begins at home on Friday in a triangular with Cody and Worland. Tribune photo by Breanne Thiel

The Powell High School boys’ swim team will dive into the 2017-18 season at home on Friday in a triangular against Worland and Cody at 5 p.m.

“After this first week of practice, I think we are going to be looking at a pretty exciting season,” said PHS head coach Stephanie Warren. “The boys are working really hard,”

Warren also said the team is “excited to match up against Lander and some teams again to see where we stand compared to last year.”

Last year, the Panthers had 17 state qualifiers, five swimmers earned All-Conference honors, seven earned All-State honors and four athletes broke six school records.

Warren said she thinks with the combination of returning swimmers and incoming swimmers who have experience with the USA Swim Program, the team should be competitive this season.

The swim team has a new assistant coach, Rob Gorycki, brought in to replace Jerry Rodriguez, who retired last season.

Warren said Gorycki brings a lot of good swimming knowledge and information to the team.

Sometimes a new coach can bring a challenge to a team, but Warren said the team is “really embracing the change and they’re just working hard at just trying to improve already.”

Throughout the season, the Panthers will have two home duals. The first dual will be on Jan. 5 against Lander  and the other is against Cody on Jan. 23.

Powell’s Gene Dozah Invite will be held on Jan. 6.

The 3A West Conference Meet will be held in Mountain View on Feb. 2-3, and this year’s 3A State Swim and Dive Championship will be held in Laramie on Feb. 15-16.

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