Panther swimmers start season strong

Powell qualifies seven for state in opening weekend

Posted 12/11/18

The Powell High School boys’ swimming and diving team started the 2018-19 season in fine fashion over the weekend, with strong showings in quad meets in Powell and at Cody.

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Panther swimmers start season strong

Powell qualifies seven for state in opening weekend

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The Powell High School boys’ swimming and diving team started the 2018-19 season in fine fashion over the weekend, with strong showings in quad meets in Powell and at Cody.

The Panthers dominated their home quad Friday afternoon at the Powell Aquatic Center, scoring 339 points to finish in the top spot. Cody was second with 200, Worland finished third with 197 and Newcastle rounded out the four with 177 points. Team scores were not kept for Saturday’s quad meet in Cody featuring the same four teams.

“We had some really great swims,” said Powell head coach Stephanie Warren. “You never really know what to expect until after that first weekend, but overall, we had some great performances.”

Seven Panthers swam state-qualifying times over the course of the two meets, including three freshmen: Nate Johnston, Francis Rogers and Josh Wright. Johnston swam 4A qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley; he also qualified in the 100 butterfly.

Rogers qualified in the 200 individual medley, while Wright qualified in the 100 backstroke. Although it’s not uncommon for freshmen to swim state qualifying times, “they don’t always get there that first meet,” Warren said. “To have these three do it the first meet just kind of shows their dedication to swimming, and that they were training outside our season, as well.”

Several juniors also fared well, with Jay Cox, Richard Spann, Trenton Wilson and Bryce Hogan all punching their tickets to state.

Spann had the busiest weekend in terms of state times, qualifying in four events, including a 4A qualifying time in the 100 butterfly. He also qualified in the 200 and 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Cox qualified in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:06.77, a marked improvement on his best time from last season.

“His [Cox] time in the backstroke was really good for him,” Warren said. “I think his fastest time last year was like a 1:09, so to swim a 1:06 off the start was great.”

Cox also qualified in the 100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle.

Wilson finished first in the 500 freestyle Friday, with a state-qualifying time of 6:22.37.

“Trent [Wilson] has qualified for state multiple times, but never right at the beginning of the season,” Warren said. “It’s nice to have that out of the way, so that he doesn’t have to stress about that.”

Hogan won the diving event in both quads, posting state-qualifying scores of 164.90 Friday and 167.50 Saturday.

“[Hogan’s] scores were not far off from his PR last year, so I foresee him getting that without a problem,” Warren said.

Powell had multiple swimmers within a couple of seconds of state qualifying times in different events, and the relay teams shined as well. The 200 medley relay team of Cox, Johnston, Spann and Mathew Hobbs finished first Friday with a time of 1:56.31. Saturday’s team of Spann, Cox, Johnston and Joe Rogers also finished first in a time of 1:59.26.

Friday’s 200 freestyle medley relay team of Joe Rogers, Johnston, Wilson and Francis Rogers finished first with a time of 1:52.13. The same team shaved almost two seconds off their time the following day, posting a 1:50.86.

The Panthers’ 400 freestyle relay team of Spann, Wilson, Joe Rogers and Cox placed second Friday with a time of 4:04.10. The team of Wilson, Hobbs, Cox and Spann finished first Saturday with a time of 4:11.10.

“For right now, we’re hoping to have 12 swimmers go to state, similar to last year,” Warren said. “We’ll keep going and see what happens this season, but it looks pretty promising from what we’ve seen so far.”

The Panthers travel south this weekend for the Riverton Invitational. Warren said the team will work on a few minor things in practice this week, but expects the swimmers to be ready to go this weekend.

“We’ll work on things like our starts and our finishes — all of the little things that get perfected over time,” she said. “But we foresee some great performances coming from them. This week will be a full week of morning and afternoon practices, so we’ll have plenty of time to get ready for Saturday in Riverton.”

Powell Quad Results

1. Powell 339, 2. Cody 200, Worland 197, Newcastle 177

200 Medley Relay

1. Jay Cox, Nate Johnston, Richard Spann, Mathew Hobbs 1:56.31, 4. Francis Rogers, Kyler Warren, Bryce Hogen, Ben Cannizzaro 2:11.93

200 Freestyle

1. Richard Spann 2:10.73, 3. Joe Rogers 2:19.09, 4. Mathew Hobbs 2:22.01

200 IM

2. Francis Rogers 2:34.89

50 Freestyle

2. Nate Johnston 26.52, 3. Trenton Wilson 26.97, 6. Francis Rogers 28.17, 8. Kyler Warren 29.84

1 Meter Diving

1. Bryce Hogen 164.90, 4. Ben Hawley 110.55

100 Butterfly

2. Richard Spann 1:00.98, 5. Bryce Hogen 1:13.95, 6. Ben Cannizzaro 1:15.06

100 Freestyle

2. Joe Rogers 1:02.30, 7. Riley Schiller 1:08.27, 8. Ben Hawley 1:10.59

500 Freestyle

1. Trenton Wilson 6:22.37

200 Freestyle Relay

1. Joe Rogers, Nate Johnston, Trenton Wilson, Francis Rogers 1:52.13, 2. Pedro Teixeira, Bryce Hogen, Kyler Warren, Riley Schiller 1:59.37

100 Backstroke

2. Jay Cox 1:06.77, 5. Mathew Hobbs 1:14.08, 6. Riley Schiller 1:25.85

100 Breaststroke

1. Nate Johnston 1:07.24, 5. Kyler Warren 1:28.78

400 Freestyle Relay

2. Richard Spann, Trenton Wilson, Joe Rogers, Jay Cox 4:04.10, 3. Mathew Hobbs, Ben Hawley, Riley Schiller, Ben Cannizzaro 4:36.98

Cody Quad

200 Medley Relay

1. Richard Spann, Jay Cox, Nate Johnston, Joe Rogers 1:59.26, 3. Josh Wright, Pedro Teixeira, Ben Cannizzaro, Kyler Warren 2:19.74

200 Freestyle

1. Francis Rogers 2:22.34, 5. Riley Schiller 2:41.65, 6. Kyler Warren 3:00.62, 8. Caiden Gerhts 3:19.89

200 IM

1. Nate Johnston 2:18.38, 2. Mathew Hobbs 2:42.00, 3. Josh Wright 2:47.19

50 Freestyle

1. Jay Cox 25.15, 2. Bryce Hogen 26.86, 3. Trenton Wilson 27.17, 6. Joe Rogers 28.04, 11. Pedro Teixeira 32.51, 14. Caiden Gerhts 36.83

1 Meter Diving

1. Bryce Hogen 167.50, 3. Ben Hawley 118.00

100 Butterfly

1. Nate Johnston 1:05.19, 3. Ben Cannizzaro 1:15.83 

100 Freestyle

1. Richard Spann 55.98, 3. Trenton Wilson 1:02.11, 4. Joe Rogers 1:03.66, 8. Ben Hawley 1:09.61, 12. Riley Schiller 1:16.23, 16. Cole Howard, Cole 1:52.36

500 Freestyle

2. Mathew Hobbs 6:52.03, 3. Ben Cannizzaro 6:55.34

200 Freestyle Relay

1. Nate Johnston, Francis Rogers, Trenton Wilson, Joe Rogers 1:50.86, 3. Mathew Hobbs, Pedro Teixeira, Bryce Hogen, Riley Schiller 2:01.55, 5. Ben Hawley, Caiden Gerhts, Cole Howard, Kyler Warren 2:19.91

100 Backstroke

1. Richard Spann 1:02.22, 3. Josh Wright 1:10.12

100 Breaststroke

1. Jay Cox 1:13.50, 2. Francis Rogers 1:22.26, 5. Kyler Warren 1:31.08, 7. Pedro Teixeira 1:35.18, 9. Cole Howard 1:55.64

400 Freestyle Relay

1. Trenton Wilson, Mathew Hobbs, Jay Cox, Richard Spann 4:11.10, 2. Ben Cannizzaro, Riley Schiller, Francis Rogers, Josh Wright 4:35.27

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