Lander Lady Tigers take third in the pool at Warrior Invite

LVHS swimmers Li Platz, Molly Fehringer, and McKenzie Lilygren showed their might after a Star Wars-themed workout called the "Death Star." Photo by Shawna Morgan

By Susan Gray Gose

For the first time in over two years, the Lander Valley High School girls swimming and diving team lost to a 3A team in the pool. To be fair, the odds were stacked against the team on Saturday before the Worland Warrior Invite began. Most of the swimmers were put in their technically worst events as a challenge, so they received significantly fewer points than usual. In addition, the night before was Homecoming in Lander and most of the athletes attended the school dance until midnight—a rare treat in a season with few breaks.

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Both Powell and Buffalo, who maximized points by their swimmers and featured some technical suits, beat the Tigers. It was not a familiar place for Lander, the reigning 3A-conference and state champions for the past two years. Lander left the meet without a single victory, despite strong performances, including two second-place relay finishes in crowded fields. The team also left with a sense that this year’s state meet will require their best effort to beat the tough competition.

Head Coach Shawna Morgan knew it would be a challenging day for the Tigers but was more interested in strengthening them mid-season than winning an invitational. She said she now knows what the team needs to address moving forward.  

“After Saturday, it’s clear that there are still many things we need to work on as a team,” she said. “I know it was homecoming and the girls were swimming events that aren’t technically their favorites, but I wanted to see how they handled that type of pressure. Assistant Coach Tim Hester, Diving Coach Faith Hamilton, and I really want them to start thinking more about their mindset and what makes them perform best.”

She continued: “I wanted to test that mindset this week, and it worked. They all saw things they needed to work on and where coming to us, asking what they can do to get better, and that’s what we need to accomplish. How do we get better?  It’s what we are concentrating on moving forward.”

A bright moment at the meet was the eighth place finish by new Tiger diver senior Lillian Chandler, who improves every week. Also, three swimmers qualified in additional events for state: Leah Brown (50-free), Molly Fehringer (200 I.M.), and McKenzie Lilygren (500-yard freestyle). Thirteen LVHS swimmers are qualified for state now, and most have multiple Qs.

Before Saturday’s loss, the Tigers competed against Riverton and Rawlins on Friday in Riverton—and easily came out on top, winning every event but diving and two races. This week, the team will host a home meet on Friday against Worland and travel on Saturday to Pinedale for the Sublette Invitational.

RESULTS: Riverton Tri-Meet, Sept. 21, 2018

Team Scores: 1. Lander, 2. Riverton, 3. Rawlins

200 Yard Medley Relay: 1. Lander ‘A’ (Fowler, Lilygren, Cornale, Fehringer) 2:01.96

200 Yard Freestyle: 1. Katie Fisher RIV 2:22.91, 2. Makayla McPherson LAN 2:23.03, 6. Shaylissa Bald Eagle LAN 2:44.28

200 Yard IM: 1. Olivia Fowler LAN 2:28.65, 2. Lily Gose LAN 2:40.27, 3. Molly Fehringer LAN 2:42.87, 7. Anne Baron LAN 3:04.21, 8. Jenny Bautz LAN 3:09.89

50 Yard Freestyle: 1. Anja Harms LAN 27.51, 2. Leah Brown LAN 28.07, 3. McKella Stigers LAN 29.57, 5. Noelle Harris LAN 31.24, 6. Li Platz LAN 31.74, 8. Sierra Firth LAN 33.00

1 mtr Diving: 1. Elizabeth Pierson RIV 171.85, 3. Lillian Chandler LAN 121.35

100 Yard Butterfly: 1. Anastasia Cornale LAN 1:03.18, 2. McKenzie Lilygren LAN 1:11.89, 3. Lily Gose LAN 1:15.66, 4. Molly Fehringer LAN 1:20.43, 9. Shaylissa Bald Eagle LAN 1:35.77, 10. Jessica Baron LAN 1:53.21

100 Yard Freestyle: 1. Olivia Fowler LAN 58.99, 2. Ashlon Koch LAN 59.04, 3. Leah Brown LAN 1:04.79, 4. Makayla McPherson LAN 1:06.44, 7. Li Platz LAN 1:08.16, 8. Kristen McPherson LAN 1:08.61, 9. McKella Stigers LAN 1:09.87, 13. Madeline Logan LAN 1:19.35

500 Yard Freestyle: 1. Whitney Paulsen RAW 6:43.48, 2. Noelle Harris LAN 6:44.18, 3. Sierra Firth LAN 6:48.06

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Lander (Harms, Fehringer, Lilygren, Koch) 1:52.59

100 Yard Backstroke: 1. Ashlon Koch LAN 1:06.44, 2. McKenzie Lilygren LAN 1:08.90, 3. Kristen McPherson LAN 1:11.99, 4. Anja Harms LAN 1:19.04

100 Yard Breaststroke: 1. Anastasia Cornale LAN 1:16.16, 3. Jenny Bautz LAN 1:27.63, 5. Jessica Baron LAN 1:38.49

      

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Lander (Fowler, Gose, Koch, Cornale) 4:11.32    

RESULTS: Warrior Invite, Worland, Sept. 22, 2018

Team Scores: 1. Powell 408, 2. Buffalo 376.5, 3. Lander 321, 4. Worland 291, 5. Cody 235.5, 6. Douglas 175, 7. Riverton 133, 8. Newcastle 109, 9. Rawlins 98

200 Yard Medley Relay: 1. Worland (Stanek, K. Warren, Trombley, J. Warren) 2:00.46, 2. Lander (Fowler, Lilygren, Cornale, Fehringer) 2:02.14

200 Yard Freestyle: 1. Caitln Miner POW 2:04.27, 2. Ashlon Koch LAN 2:12.09, 10. Anja Harms LAN 2:28.82, 15. Li Platz LAN 2:36.33, 19. McKella Stigers LAN 2:44.99

200 Yard IM: 1. Juli Warren WOR 2:20.39, 2. Anastasia Cornale LAN 2:29.06, 8. Kristen McPherson LAN 2:48.58, 7. Anne Baron LAN 3:04.21, 8. Jenny Bautz LAN 3:09.89

50 Yard Freestyle: 1. Emi Wagner BUF 25.95, 11. McKenzie Lilygren LAN 28.60, 12. Molly Fehringer LAN 28.92, 14. Leah Brown LAN 29.09, 16. Lily Gose LAN 29.42, 17. Makayla McPherson LAN 29.50, 25. Jenny Bautz LAN 32.07, 32. Shaylissa Bald Eagle LAN 34.16

1 mtr Diving: 1. Moira McPherson DOU 205.35, 8. Lillian Chandler LAN 120.40

100 Yard Butterfly: 1. Megan Boysen COD 1:09.39, 3. Olivia Fowler LAN 1:11.09, 14. Anne Baron LAN 1:38.18, 17. Madeline Logan LAN 1:41.09, 19. Jessica Baron LAN 1:52.15

100 Yard Freestyle: 1. Caitlyn Miner POW 56.18, 5. Ashlon Koch LAN 1:00.14, 9. Anja Harms LAN 1:03.21, 13. Leah Brown LAN 1:04.29, 26. Shaylissa Bald Eagle LAN 1:17.30

500 Yard Freestyle: 1. Sheridan Mathis DOU 6:00.40, 8. McKenzie Lilygren LAN 6:20.18, 12. Molly Fehringer LAN 6:47.25, 17. Li Platz LAN 7:14.22

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Buffalo (Maddi Johnson, Riddle, Macy Johnson, G. Wagner) 1:48.33, 4. Lander (Harms, Fehringer, Lilygren, Koch) 1:53.00

100 Yard Backstroke: 1. Hannah Gross NEW 1:03.66, 3. Anastasia Cornale LAN 1:11.20, 5. Kristen McPherson LAN 1:11.54, 8. Makayla McPherson LAN 1:15.05, 26. Madeline Logan LAN 1:31.92

100 Yard Breaststroke: 1. Juli Warren WOR 1:13.03, 6. McKella Stigers LAN 1:21.71, 8. Lily Gose LAN 1:24.10, 10. Olivia Fowler LAN 1:24.21, 11. Jenny Bautz LAN 1:26.43, 13. Sierra Firth LAN 1:31.70, 20. Anne Baron LAN 1:37.35, 22. Jessica Baron LAN 1:39.81

      

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: 1. Buffalo (G. Wagner, Macy Johnson, Lambert, E. Wagner) 3:59.54, 2. Lander (Fowler, Gose, Koch, Cornale) 4:00.48    

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