(Lander, WY) – The Lander Valley High School Girls Swim and Dive team was in action this weekend with two dual meets, where they hosted Green River on Friday, and Jackson on Saturday.
On Friday, the Tigers, coached by Shawna Morgan, Tim Hester, and Faith Hamilton, swam against the defending 3A state champions from Green River.
Although the Tigers earned first place finishes in two individual events and two relays, they could not hold off the Waves and were outscored 100 to 85.
The Tigers had first place finishes by Lara Robertson in the 200 Yard Freestyle and Ashlon Koch in the 100 Yard Butterfly.
Others scoring points for the team were: Annabelle Nachazel, Emily Anderson, Maddie Flint, Lilly Hamilton, Asha Reid, Lainy Duncan, Sharon McMahon, Katelyn Brinda, Tenley Reisig, and Sophie Shearin.
On Saturday, the Tigers had a strong showing against 4A Jackson, out dueling them 107 to 79. The Tigers won two relay events and five individual events as well.
First place Lander swimmers were: Lainy Duncan (200 Freestyle), Ashlon Koch (50 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke), Asha Reid (100 Fly), and Emily Anderson (100 Freestyle).
Sophie Shearin was the top Lander diver placing second.
Other scoring team members on Saturday were: Lara Robertson, Sharon McMahon, Divya Forbis, Annabelle Nachazel, Maddie Flint, Katelyn Brinda, Tenley Reisig, Jessica Baron, Kyra Lyles, and KayKay Sandall.
Maddie Flint, Sophie Shearin and Divya Forbis earned their green parkas this weekend by swimming or diving to a state meet qualifying time or score.
This brings the number of Tigers qualified for state in at least one event to 9.
The team wants to qualify as many girls in as many events as possible to give coaches flexibility in building a strong state team lineup to compete in November.
Coach Shawna Morgan stated she “loved our two home dual meets this weekend,” adding “The girls all came with some pretty awesome things that they want to work on this week and we will continue to work on our endurance and mindset.”
The Tigers next meet is September 17th and 18th in Jackson.
Due to COVID restrictions in Teton County, no spectators will be allowed at that meet.