Panther swimmers dominate senior night

Posted 1/21/21

Only one member of Powell High School’s 17-man swim and dive roster is a senior: Tarren Blackmore.

He was honored at Tuesday’s Powell Triangular as he competed at the Powell Aquatic …

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Panther swimmers dominate senior night

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Only one member of Powell High School’s 17-man swim and dive roster is a senior: Tarren Blackmore.

He was honored at Tuesday’s Powell Triangular as he competed at the Powell Aquatic Center for the last time. And the PHS senior went out on top.

Blackmore was a member of two relay teams — the 200 free and 400 free — that placed first at the event. He also earned second-place times in the 100 back and 100 breast.

“Congrats to Tarren,” head coach Stephanie Warren said. Blackmore qualified for the Class 3A State Meet in both the back and breast “and had a great meet,” Warren said.

As a team, Powell placed first in the triangular, logging 101 points and defeating Worland and Cody.

The Panthers won eight of the 12 events. Individual swimmers who placed first included Francis Rogers (100 free), Josh Wright (500 free), Ru Parker (100 back) and Nate Johnston (100 breast).

In diving, Cole Frank placed first in the 1-meter six dives. His score of 180 was a new personal best for the junior.

Frank missed the preceding few meets due to COVID-19 exposure, so performing so well in his first event back was special.

“Having Cole do so well after being off the board again was wonderful to see,” Warren said. “His hard work when he is at the pool is paying off for sure.”

In addition to the 200 free (Johnston, Rogers, Frank and Blackmore) and 400 free (Blackmore, Gabe Rose, Parker and Kyler Warren) relay teams, the 200 medley group of Parker, Johnston, Warren and Rogers finished first with a time of 1:54.16.

In the team’s last home contest of the 2020-21 season, assistant coach Jerry Rodriguez couldn’t have been more proud of the squad.

“The guys had an awesome final home meet last night,” Rodriguez said Wednesday.

PHS swim is about three weeks away from the conference meet, set for Feb. 6 in Lander. With two events still on the schedule for this week, a busy week will be sound preparation for the looming postseason.

“They are training hard and going to keep working hard through conference,” Warren said. “This weekend will be slightly like state, as they swim back-to-back days Friday and Saturday. This will help them see what it will be like.”

The swim team will head to Cody at 5 p.m. Friday, while traveling to Lander at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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