Panther swimmers win triangular against Worland, Cody

Three swimmers qualify for state bringing total to 13


The Powell High School boys’ swimming and diving team added three more athletes to its list of state qualifiers Tuesday at the Worland Triangular.

With Tarren Blackmore qualifying in the 500 freestyle, Joe Rogers in the 100 and 200 freestyle and Ben Hawley in diving, the Panthers now have 13 team members heading to next month’s state meet in Gillette.

That number surpasses last year’s state total by one, with meets scheduled for this weekend in Douglas and Gillette. Six Panthers have yet to qualify, and Warren said she hopes to add to the list.

Powell won Tuesday’s triangular with 149 points, followed by Worland with 94 and Cody with 46.

“The triangular went fantastic, even better than we had hoped or expected,” said Powell head coach Stephanie Warren. “Tuesday meets always tend to be kind of an off meet — you get one day of practice, and you don’t know what to expect. We didn’t know what we were
getting into, but we ended up with three more state qualifiers and quite a few best swims.”

With the Panthers already having one more state qualifier than last year, “it will be nice to have that extra person,” Warren said. “Ben [Hawley] qualifying in diving gives us three divers headed to state, so it’s going to be fun.”

Panther Richard Spann won two events on Tuesday, finishing first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.87 and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.98.

Joe Rogers also won a pair of events: The 200 freestyle with a time of 2:15.14 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.27. Josh Wright took the top spot in the 100 backstroke, swimming a 1:09.49. Bryce Hogan took first in diving, scoring 175.10 points.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Dallin Allred, Pedro Teixeira, Blackmore and Francis Rogers also finished first with a time of 1:54.09.

The Panthers continue “Hell Week” this weekend, heading to Buffalo Friday then to the Gillette Invitational Saturday. Due to issues with the Buffalo pool, the Friday event against the Bison may be moved to Gillette for a pre-invite meet, depending on whether the problem can be rectified. Either way, the Panthers will still get to swim Friday and Saturday.

“We’re going to keep pushing our state qualifiers for another two weeks,” Warren said. “The kids are excited; they really enjoy going to Gillette. It’s a different atmosphere for them.”

Worland Triangular Results

1. Powell 149, 2. Worland 94, 3. Cody 46

200 Medley Relay

2. Nate Johnston, Kyler Warren, Joe Rogers, Caiden Gerhts 2:15.07

200 Freestyle

1. Joe Rogers 2:15.14, 2. Tarren Blackmore 2:17.19, 5. Dallin Allred 2:27.26, 6. Ben Hawley 2:32.08

200 IM

1. Richard Spann 2:12.87, 3. Josh Wright 2:45.32

50 Freestyle

3. Francis Rogers 27.18, 4. Nate Johnston 27.32, 5. Matthew Hobbs 27.42, 6. Ben Cannizzaro 27.72, 11. Caide Gerhts 31.30, 13. Cole Howard 34.14

1 Mtr Diving

1. Bryce Hogen 175.10, 2. Ben Hawley 149.35, 4. Cole Frank 126.60, 6. Caiden Gerhts 69.85

100 Butterfly

2. Trenton Wilson 1:11.45, 5. Pedro Teixeira 1:19.91

100 Freestyle

1. Joe Rogers 58.27, 2. Francis Rogers 58.84, 3. Bryce Hogen 59.94, 4. Matthew Hobbs 1:00.93 5. Ben Cannizzaro 1:03.02, 6. Kyler Warren 1:08.63,

500 Freestyle

2. Tarren Blackmore 6:19.56, 4. Riley Schiller 6:42.16, 5. Dallin Allred 6:53.96

200 Freestyle Relay

1. Dallin Allred, Pedro Teixeira, Tarren Blackmore, Francis Rogers 1:54.09

100 Backstroke

1. Josh Wright 1:09.49, 2. Nate Johnston 1:09.61, 6. Riley Schiller 1:23.57

100 Breaststroke

1. Richard Spann 1:07.98, 3. Trenton Wilson 120:90, 7. Cole Howard 1:35.80

400 Freestyle Relay

3. Ben Cannizzaro, Joe Rogers, Pedro Teixeira, Ben Hawley 4:28.25