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January 27, 2011 8:18 am

Swimmers top Worland, finish sixth

Written by Don Amend

A dual win over Worland and a sixth-place finish in a big meet marked the weekend for the Powell Panther swimmers last week.

Swimmers swam nearly two dozen personal best times during the two meets, according to coach Jerry Rodriguez, and three swimmers swam new state-qualifying times.

The Panthers outpointed Worland on Friday, splitting the event wins with the Warriors, and building their score by taking a majority of the second- and third-place finishes.

Bill Cummings accounted for two first-place finishes with wins in the individual medley and the butterfly. Edward Oursler won the 500-yard freestyle, Nic Tracy took the 500 and Jake Magill earned first-place team points in diving.

Cummings and Tracy joined Kyle Anderson and Dan McKearney to edge Worland for Powell’s sixth win in the medley relay.

Quin Wetzel swam to second place in both the 200 and the butterfly. Tracy was second in the 50, Oursler in the 100 and Jarred LaPierre in the backstroke. The 200 and 400-yard relays also finished second.

Third-place finishers were Anderson, who recorded two, Jakob Bowers, McKearney, Brennon Althoff,  Sam Kuntz, LaPierre, and the 200 and 400 B-team relays.  Bowers, Trevor Zickafoose, Cole Good, McKearney, Kuntz, Matt Riedhammer, Althoff and Tyler McCauley rounded out the team scoring for the Panthers with fourth and fifth-place finishes..

LaPierre swam two new qualifying times in back-to-back swims during the meet. He cut nearly three seconds from his backstroke time for one qualifier, and climbed right back up on the blocks to swim the breaststroke more than two seconds faster than his previous time for his second qualifier.

Wetzel’s time in the 200 added another event to his state resume, and Tracy qualified in the 500 on his first try at the distance this season.

At Worland on Saturday, Cole Good earned Powell’s top finish with a third place in diving and Tracy, Cummings, Anderson and McKearney combined to finish fourth in the medley relay. Tracy finished sixth in the backstroke,  McKearney was seventh in the 100, and Anderson  was eighth in the butterfly.

Cummings and Wetzel each earned a ninth place, Cummings in the individual medley and Wetzel in the 500. LaPierre was 10th in the 500 and the 200 relay also finished 10th. Rounding out the team scoring were Bowers, who was 11th in the 200 and 12th in the butterfly, Magill with his 11th in diving, and McKearney’s 11th in the breastroke. Tracy finished 13th in the 100 but, with one non-scoring swimmer ahead of him, earned 12th-place points.

Powell finished sixth in the 10-team meet, edging Douglas by one point, but finishing behind fourth-place Cody and fifth-place Worland. Buffalo won the meet, Lander finished second and Riverton third. This week the Panthers will continue their quest for faster times with a dual in Cody on Thursday and a Saturday trip to Lander for the Lander Invitational. Starting time in Cody is 5 p.m. Swimming is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in Lander.

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