PHS swimmers win home triangular

Panthers post 24 personal bests


The Powell High School boys’ swimming and diving team continued its recovery from the flu bug, winning a home triangular Tuesday afternoon against Cody and Worland at the Powell Aquatic Center.

Panther swimmers posted an impressive 24 personal bests, many coming in “off” events, or events the athletes don’t typically compete in.

Powell head coach Stephanie Warren said she was impressed with the difference in times from last weekend’s Worland Invitational and Tuesday’s triangular.

“The times looked so much better from those over the weekend,” Warren said. “We’re still kind of fighting that bug, but even with that we had 24 personal record times. A lot of them improved their off event times, which was very impressive.”

Powell won four individual events and two relays, led by Richard Spann’s first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Spann’s time of 24.63 in the 50 free and 1:11.12 in the 100 breast were both 3A state-qualifying times. Spann also finished first as part of the 200 individual medley relay team, along with teammates Francis Rogers, Josh Wright and Joe Rogers.

Jay Cox finished first in the 100 freestyle with a 3A state qualifying time of 57.69; the junior also finished first as part of the 200 freestyle relay team, with teammates Trenton Wilson, Tarren Blackmore and Riley Schiller. The 100 freestyle was packed with Panthers, with Powell claiming the first seven spots, claimed by Cox, Joe Rogers, Francis Rogers, Matthew Hobbs, Wright and Ben Cannizzaro.

Blackmore was first in the 500 freestyle, posting a time of 6:24.43. Francis Rogers, Hobbs and Wilson finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 backstroke, all in 3A qualifying times.

“Out of our 19 kids, 17 of them had personal best times, so that was pretty exciting,” Warren said. “Hopefully the rest of them will finish healing up and we’ll have an awesome weekend in Lander. We’re making progress in the right direction.”

Weather permitting, the Panthers head south to the Lander Invitational this weekend. Ten teams are scheduled to compete, including 4A Cheyenne South and a veritable who’s-who of 3A contenders. Warren said she expects the meet to be very competitive.

“It will be nice to see some of those other teams,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll have everybody with us, and get a better idea of where we stand with everyone. Getting more personal bests and qualifying times is our goal.”

Powell Triangular Results

1. Powell 397, 2. Worland 288, 3. Cody 230

200 Medley Relay

1. Josh Wright, Francis Rogers, Richard Spann, Joe Rogers 2:02.06, 2. Matthew Hobbs, Nate Johnston, Jay Cox, Trenton Wilson 2:02.17, 5. Dallin Allred, Kyler Warren, Tarren Blackmore, Cole Frank 2:18.77

200 Freestyle

2. Jay Cox 2:17.87, 4. Ben Hawley 2:29.03

200 Individual Medley

4. Kyler Warren 2:59.35, 5. Pedro Teixeira 3:00.87

50 Freestyle

1. Richard Spann 24.63, 4. Trenton Wilson 26.82, 6. Nate Johnston 27.12, 7. Ben Cannizzaro 28.57, 9. Riley Schiller 29.20, 13. Caiden Gerhts 30.74, 14. Cole Howard 34.57

1 Mtr Diving

2. Cole Frank 136.70, 3. Ben Hawley 117.85, 5. Caiden Gerhts 88.35

100 Butterfly

5. Riley Schiller 1:19.02, 6. Dallin Allred 1:28.43, 9. Kyler Warren 1:35.17

100 Freestyle

1. Jay Cox 57.69, 2. Joe Rogers 59.61, 3. Francis Rogers 59.90, 4. Matthew Hobbs 1:00.25, 5. Josh Wright 1:04.88, 6. Ben Cannizzaro 1:06.35

500 Freestyle

1. Tarren Blackmore 6:24.43, 3. Cole Frank 7:13.78

200 Freestyle Relay

1. Trenton Wilson, Jay Cox, Tarren Blackmore, Riley Schiller 1:50.73, 2. Joe Rogers, Richard Spann, Pedro Teixeira, Josh Wright 1:50.99, 5. Ben Cannizzaro, Dallin Allred, Cole Howard, Caiden Gerhts 2:07.78

100 Backstroke

4. Francis Rogers 1:11.75, 5. Matthew Hobbs 1:11.80, 6. Trenton Wilson 1:11.86, 7. Tarren Blackmore 1:17.71, 9. Cole Howard 1:37.18

100 Breaststroke

1. Richard Spann 1:11.12, 4. Joe Rogers 1:23.58, 5. Pedro Teixeira 1:24.59, 6. Josh Wright 1:27.21, 7. Dallin Allred 1:37.45

400 Freestyle Relay

3. Kyler Warren, Pedro Teixeira, Riley Schiller, Ben Cannizzaro 4:39.50, 4. Francis Rogers, Matthew Hobbs, Cole Howard, Cole Frank 4:50.12