Swimmers take third at Worland

State swim meet fast approaching

Posted 1/18/22

With the season rapidly approaching its end, the Powell High School boys’ swim team made its way to Worland last weekend, placing third in what was essentially a Class 3A North conference …

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Swimmers take third at Worland

State swim meet fast approaching


With the season rapidly approaching its end, the Powell High School boys’ swim team made its way to Worland last weekend, placing third in what was essentially a Class 3A North conference preview.

Heading into the meet, the Panthers hoped to get a good understanding of their standing in the conference, as the meet featured Buffalo, Cody and Worland, though not Douglas and Newcastle.

Powell finished third with 225.5 points — just behind Worland’s 250 points — while Buffalo ran away with the competition at 353.

“It was good to see Buffalo at this point in the season. We are always close with them at state,” Panther head coach Stephanie Warren said. “They always have some talented swimmers that we do not get to see very often.”

However, according to Warren, the Powell team was again hit by an illness that caused swimmers to miss practice all week and forced four Panthers to miss the meet — including top diver senior Cole Frank and one of their top swimmers in junior Rui Parker.

The strongest performances for the Panthers came from senior Nate Johnston, who finished third in the 100 back and the 50 free.

Despite no other finishes in the top three and no new state qualifiers for the weekend, the Panthers added multiple qualifying marks for those who have already qualified for state.

PHS senior Kyler Warren added a qualification in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:30.97, as well as the 500 free, with a time of 6:03.82.

Senior Francis Rogers added the 50 free to his qualifying events, with a time of 25.72 in the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay.

Senior Ben Hawley added the 100 free, as he finished with a 57.22 in the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay.

Sophomore Gabe Rose reached a qualifying mark in the 100 back with a time of 1:07.31.

Rogers and Johnston became the first pair on the team to qualify in all eight swimming events for the state meet.

“We are hoping to get as many qualifying marks under our belt as possible to be flexible in our event choices at state,” Warren said.

One Panther fell just short of a qualifying mark, as freshman Taggart Shumway set a personal best in diving for the season but fell 0.3 points short of the qualifying mark of 155.

“He [Shumway] came back from some bad dives early and came close,” Warren said.

Other Panthers who have come close to qualifying — and who Warren expects to qualify in the next couple weeks — are senior Riley Schiller, who is close in several events, junior Aidan Cannizzaro in the 100 back and freshman Tristin Dicks, who is close in several events.

One new swimmer who has continued to show improvement for Powell is senior Caden Sherman, who is a first year swimmer. He took 10.5 seconds off his 200 free time, to take it under three minutes, and nearly seven seconds off his 100 free to take it under 1:20.



The Panthers were scheduled to travel to the Lander Invite on Saturday, but have instead decided to host one more home meet.

Warren said the decision came because Lander was planning to offer 11 dives per athlete as opposed to the typical six at this point in the season.

The coach said it would have been a great experience for the divers, as they typically only do 11 dives at the end of the season, but at the Lander meet, it would have taken all day due to the large number of teams planning to attend.

Before hosting the meet on Saturday, the Panthers will make a short trip to Cody today (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. to participate in a triangular with the Broncs and Worland.

The meet on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will include Worland, Cody and Buffalo.

With the end of the season fast approaching, Warren knows that keeping the kids healthy will be a top priority; the Panthers only have a few competitions remaining until the conference meet in Douglas on Feb. 4-5.



Team Scores: 1. Buffalo 353, 2. Worland 250, Powell 225.5, 4. Riverton 163, 5. Rawlins 152, 6. Cody 143.5

* Denotes state qualifying mark


200 medley relay:

4. Nate Johnston, Francis Rogers, Gabe Rose and Kyler Warren 1:57.88, 7. Aidan Cannizzaro, Cole Fauskee, Kobus Diver and Ben Hawley 2:04.70, 8. Riley Schiller, Tristin Dicks, Jon Hawley and Ashtin Prentiss 2:06.17

200 free:

8. Francis Rogers 2:08.99*, 15. Lukas Legler 2:39.31, 16. Caden Sherman 2:57.54, 17. Wesley Hoffman 2:58.85, 18. Eremon Brinkerhoff 3:46.92

200 IM:

6. Kyler Warren 2:30.97*, 8. Ben Hawley 2:37.56, 9. Riley Schiller 2:39.88, 12. Nathan Fuller 2:43.62

50 free:

3. Nate Johnston 23.78*, 13. Ashtin Prentiss 26.66, 14. Tristin Dicks 27.17, 16. Caiden Gerhts 27.87, 23. Taggart Shumway 30.69

1-meter diving (six dives):

4. Taggart Shumway 154.70, 5. Caiden Gerhts 143.35, 6. Ashtin Prentiss 140.95, 7. Jon Hawley 140.40, 10. Justin Hobbs 108.00

100 fly:

5. Gabe Rose 1:03.74*, 10. Riley Schiller 1:14.25, 11. Nathan Fuller 1:14.63, 12. Jon Hawley 1:16.75

100 free:

4. Francis Rogers 57.55*, 7. Ben Hawley 58.95, 10. David Polson 1:03.16, 13. Aidan Cannizzaro 1:04.35, 19. Caden Sherman 1:16.24, 20. Wesley Hoffman 1:19.43, 21. Eremon Brinkerhoff 1:39.93

500 free:

6. Kobus Diver 5:53.65*, 8. Kyler Warren 6:03.82*

200 free relay:

7. Francis Rogers*, Cole Fauskee, Kyler Warren and Caiden Gerhts 1:49.70, 9. David Polson, Tristin Dicks, Riley Schiller and Ashtin Prentiss 1:51.36, 13. Jon Hawley, Taggart Shumway, Lukas Legler and Wesley Hoffman 2:05.44

100 back:

3. Nate Johnston 1:02.03*, 6. Gabe Rose 1:07.31*, 8. Aidan Cannizzaro 1:09.02, 10. Cole Fauskee 1:13.17, 17. Justin Hobbs 1:24.76, 19. Lukas Legler 1:25.74

100 breast:

10. Kobus Diver 1:16.56, 15. David Polson 1:39.09

400 free relay:

4. Ben Hawley*, Gabe Rose, Kobus Diver and Nate Johnston 3:54.70, 8. Aidan Cannizzaro, Caiden Gerhts, Nathan Fuller and David Polson 4:25.82, 10. Wesley Hoffman, Lukas Legler, Caden Sherman and Taggart Shumway 5:08.16