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PHS Swimmers’ times continue to drop

One more Powell, Wyoming Panther earned a slot in the state swim meet and five swimmers qualified in new events during swimming competition last week.

As a team, Powell High School scored two dual meet wins, defeating Cody 107-65 at the Powell Aquatic Center on Thursday and Worland 97-80 on Saturday.

“The guys swam well against Cody and then even better timewise down at Worland, with several swimmers getting big time drops to post personal best times,” said Coach Jerry Rodriguez.

Junior Kyle Anderson became the latest Panther to qualify for state by knocking six seconds from his seed time in the butterfly at Worland.

Senior Billie Cummings and freshman Edward Oursler each added two events to their state qualifying times. Cummings qualified in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, knocking more than 30 seconds from his seed time,  and picked up the 100 freestyle on Saturday, swimming the distance in under a minute. Oursler added the breaststroke to his resume in Powell and the 500 in Worland.

Also adding new qualifying times in Worland were Jared LaPierre and Nic Tracy in the individual medley and Dan McKearney in the 200 freestyle.

McKearney also lowered his qualifying time in the 500 during the week as did Jakob Bowers in the butterfly, and Cole Good recorded his season’s highest score in diving at Worland.

Also posting season’s best times in one or more events were Jakob Bowers, Jake Magill, Garrett Hall, Quin Wetzel, and Sam Kuntz.

Powell opened the Cody meet with a one-two finish in the medley relay. Oursler added first-place finishes in the individual medley and the breaststroke, McKearney won the 500, and Tracy the backstroke. Cole Good finished first among the four divers.

Wetzel, Cummings, Bowers, Anderson, and Cummings all recorded second-place finishes and Hall, Matt Riedhammer, McKearney, Magill, LaPierre and Trevor Zickafoose each recorded a third place finish.

In Worland, Tracy’s win in the backstroke, Good’s in diving and the medley relay team’s win were the only first place finishes recorded by the Panthers, but they used their depth to score team points with 28 other finishes to build their winning margin. McKearney, LaPierre, Oursler, Anderson, Cummings, Bowers, Hall, Magill, Riedhammer, Wetzel, Kuntz, and Tyler McCauley all earned team points with finishes in the top five.

Friday the Panthers will host Worland in what will be the final home meet for the team this year, and will return to Worland on Saturday to swim in the Warriors’ Invitational. Friday night’s action begins at 5 p.m. at the Powell Aquatics Center, and the swimmers will dive into the Worland High School pool at 10 a.m. on Saturday

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