Richard Spann finished first in the 200 individual medley, Jay Cox won the 100 freestyle and Bryce Hogen was first in diving, as the Powell High School boys’ swimming and diving team cruised to victory at the Riverton Invitational Saturday.
The Panthers scored 345 points to lead the field. Sublette County finished second with 270 points, Worland was third with 207 and host Riverton rounded out the top four with 180 points.
The 200 medley relay team of Spann, Nate Johnston, Cox and Joe Rogers also finished first with a time of 1:53.96. With two team wins in two weeks, Panther head coach Stephanie Warren said she’s pleased with her team’s strong start.
“It’s pretty exciting, but at the same time pretty surprising. It’s a little bit of everything,” she said. “We got the win, which was fun to see. But even better than that was a lot of the impressive individual performances.”
The Panthers added a state qualifier to their already impressive list of seven from last week, with freshman Cole Frank’s third-place finish in diving. Several swimmers who already qualified added to their list of qualifying events, including Nate Johnston in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke (finishing second in both), Cox in the 100 freestyle (in a personal-best time of 55.14), Trenton Wilson in the 200 individual medley and Josh Wright in the 500 freestyle.
Other Panthers posting personal records (PRs) included divers Hogen, Frank and Ben Hawley, who finished 1-2-3 in the event.
“To have all three of them in the top four was pretty exciting,” Warren said. “All three of them had personal bests, including Bryce [Hogen]. He had a higher score than he had last year in six dives, and Cole [Frank’s] score was a qualifier. Ben [Hawley] is right there; I fully anticipate that he will get that state qualification within time.”
Dallin Allred swam personal bests in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, finishing eighth and 10th, respectively. Kyler Warren had a PR in the 50 freestyle, finishing eighth, while Wilson trimmed almost nine seconds off his state-qualifying time in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:14.83, placing third.
“For this early in the season and only a week apart, that’s a great time drop for him [Wilson],” Warren said. “It’s not his personal best yet, but it’s great to see that time come off this early in the season.”
Another pleasant surprise in this season’s opening weeks has been the performance of senior Pedro Teixeira. An exchange student from Brazil, Teixeira is quickly proving to be an asset to the Panthers, despite having no competitive swimming experience. Teixeira finished ninth in the 50 freestyle and 15th in the 100 breaststroke, swimming personal bests in both. He also swam a leg in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing sixth along with teammates Warren, Frank and Hawley.
“It’s really fun to see how quickly he [Teixeira] is putting it together,” coach Warren said. “He’s gone from not even knowing what he was doing to swimming personal bests.”
The Panthers host Riverton today (Tuesday) for a dual at the Powell Aquatic Center, beginning at 4 p.m., and then are off for the holiday break until Jan. 4. Warren said the team will practice together during the break in an effort to not lose any ground they’ve gained.
“We’ll practice whenever the pool is open, for the most part,” she said. “We’ll have the holidays off, Christmas and New Year’s Eve and day, but other than that, during the week, we’ll be swimming as often as we can to keep them in shape. We try our best to keep them going.”
The Tuesday meet against Riverton will serve as an opportunity for the swimmers to swim a few more of their off events to get a better feel of where everyone is at. It also enables the team to do a little fine-tuning before the break.
“There are still a lot of things we need to work on: Turns, starts, a few things like that that are going to help them be more successful,” Warren said. “A lot of them have grown since last year, they’ve gotten stronger. The kids are really working hard.”
1. Powell 345, 2. Sublette County 270, 3. Worland 207, 4. Riverton 180, 5. Cody 132, 6. Douglas 127
200 Medley Relay
1. Richard Spann, Nate Johnston, Jay Cox, Joe Rogers 1:53.96 , 5. Josh Wright, Francis Rogers, Ben Cannizzaro, Riley Schiller 2:12.16
2. Nate Johnston 2:08.14, 4. Mathew Hobbs 2:22.38, 5. Ben Cannizzaro 2:25.64, 8. Dallin Allred 2:31.54
1. Richard Spann 2:17.73, 4. Trenton Wilson 2:34.34, 12. Riley Schiller 2:58.13
5. Bryce Hogen 26.20, 7. Joe Rogers 27.06, 8. Kyler Warren 28.67, 9. Pedro Teixeira 30.21, 14. Caiden Gerhts 32.19, 18. Cole Howard 39.17
1 Mtr Diving
1. Bryce Hogen 184.90, 3. Cole Frank 149.50, 4. Ben Hawley 136.25
2. Richard Spann 1:01.19, 9. Ben Cannizzaro 1:13.33, 12. Francis Rogers 1:17.69
1. Jay Cox 55.14, 4. Joe Rogers 1:00.35, 12. Ben Hawley 1:12.82, 13. Riley Schiller 1:12.85, 20. Cole Howard 1:49.33
3. Trenton Wilson 6:14.83, 5. Josh Wright 6:22.90
200 Freestyle Relay
3. Dallin Allred, Bryce Hogen, Riley Schiller, Francis Rogers 1:56.37, 6. Kyler Warren, Cole Frank, Ben Hawley, Pedro Teixeira 2:02.65
2. Nate Johnston 1:10.07, 3. Josh Wright 1:10.82, 4. Mathew Hobbs 1:14.26, 10. Dallin Allred 1:26.20
2. Jay Cox 1:11.16, 7. Francis Rogers 1:20.85, 13. Kyler Warren 1:28.13, 15. Pedro Teixeira 1:29.19
400 Freestyle Relay
2. Jay Cox, Mathew Hobbs, Trenton Wilson, Nate Johnston 4:03.15, 4. Bryce Hogen, Dallin Allred, Ben Cannizzaro, Josh Wright 4:22.39