LVHS Lady Tigers lead 3A teams at Jackson meet

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    h/t Susan Gray Gose for the photo – The Lander Valley High School medley relay team of freshman Lainy Duncan, senior Lily Gose, sophomore Ashlon Koch, and senior Olivia Fowler were all smiles before the start of the finals at the Adam Denton Memorial Invitational on Saturday in Jackson. 

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    Lady Tigers Lead 3A Teams at Jackson Meet

    By Susan Gray Gose

    At over a mile high and facing the fastest 4A swim team in the state, the Lander girls swimming and diving team toughed it out for second place at the Adam Denton Memorial Invite in Jackson over the weekend. The Tigers, who have been battling illness and mounting fatigue, finished a distant second to powerhouse Laramie, who won the 4A State championship last year and saw two swimmers shatter Jackson’s pool records at this meet. But Lander topped its 3A rivals from Sublette and Lyman, as well as 4A-host Jackson.

    “It was another good weekend for the Tiger swimmers and divers,” said head coach Shawna Morgan. “I was most proud of how the girls stepped it up on the second day.


    This meet was organized to prepare the girls for conference and state by having prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday. They had to get used to circle seeding and swimming fast in the first day in order to make it to the second day.” The majority of Lander’s athletes qualified for the finals on Saturday, including younger swimmers. Morgan praised the efforts by some of the freshmen, who are still getting used to the team’s double workouts and dry-land training.

    “Katelyn Brinda cut eight seconds on Saturday from her prelim time on Friday in the 500-yard freestyle. That’s huge and a perfect example of how the girls stepped it up on day two. Another highlight was the 400-yard freestyle relay where Lainy Duncan swam a great leg to out touch Jackson, Sublette, and Lyman.”

    Another bright spot, Lander diver Li Platz qualified to dive in the finals, as the first Tiger to secure 11 required dives. The senior finished 10th in a tough field, packed with experienced 4A athletes.


    “This meet was the first for us with an 11-dive format, and Li had a great day-two moving from 12th to 10th place overall. We are getting stronger every week.”

    Lander’s lone win went to sophomore Ashlon Koch, who took first in the 100-yard backstroke. While settling for second, Lander’s 200-yard freestyle relay team dropped more than two seconds from its entry time. Senior Olivia Fowler also raced to second in the 200-yard freestyle.

    Morgan hopes the team can put illness and aches and pains behind them in coming weeks. “Hopefully the illness and injuries will taper off, and we can start bringing our entire team to meets,” she said. “I can’t believe we are already half way through the season. It’s time to really start honing our skills and step it up in practice. I look forward to our two home meets this weekend as we always swim well for our home crowd.”


    Lander hosts Riverton and Rawlins at 4 p.m. on Friday. All spectators are welcome to come cheer on the team. On Saturday, a Worland invitational was cancelled, so Lander will host a meet with a start time that was not released by press time.

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    Adam Denton Memorial Invite, Jackson, Wyo., Sept. 20-21, 2019:

    Team Scores: 1. Laramie High School 438, 2. Lander 218, 3. Sublette 193, 4. Lyman 187, 5. Jackson Hole 172

    200-Yard Medley Relay: 1. Laramie 1:55.45 (M. Peterson, O. McPherson, T. Richardson, K. McPherson), 3. Lander 2:03.68 (O. Fowler, L. Duncan, L. Gose, A. Koch)

    200-Yard Freestyle: 1. Anna Roesler LAR 2:05.35, 2. Olivia Fowler LAN 2:11.69, 10. Sierra Firth LAN 2:29.65

    200-Yard I.M.: 1. Sage Morton LAR 2:22.07, 5. Lainy Duncan LAN 2:34.15, 9. Kristen McPherson 2:45.09, 11. Asha Reid LAN 2:54.48, 15. Anne Baron LAN 3:05.29, 17. Divya Forbis LAN 3:05.77

    50-Yard Freestyle: 1. Olivia McPherson LAR 24.50, 4. Leah Brown LAN 27.42, 8. Makayla McPherson LAN 28.64, 10. McKella Stigers LAN 29.28, 15. Jenny Bautz LAN 30.60

    1-Meter Diving: 1. Natalie Six LAR 378.40, 10. Li Platz LAN 195.10 100-Yard Butterfly: 1. Anna Roesler LAR 1:04.77, 2. Ashlon Koch LAN 1:06.37, 7. Lily Gose LAN 1:11.25, 12. Li Platz LAN 1:15.42, 13. Asha Reid LAN 1:23.75

    100-Yard Freestyle: 1. Brynlee Busskohl LYM 57.11, 4. Olivia Fowler LAN 58.01, 14. Sierra Firth LAN 1:08.85, 18. Annabelle Nachazel LAN 1:12.15

    500-Yard Freestyle: 1. Sage Morton LAR 5:18.38, 7. Makayla McPherson LAN 6:23.53, 9. Katelyn Brinda LAN 6:50.64, 13. Anne Baron LAN 7:10.59

    200-Yard Free Relay: 1. Laramie 1:43.50 (K. McPherson, A. Roesler, H. Schroeder, O. McPherson), 2. Lander 1:49.47 (A. Koch, L. Gose, L. Brown, O. Fowler)

    100-Yard Backstroke: 1. Ashlon Koch LAN 1:04.89, 7. Kristen McPherson LAN 1:10.90, 11. Leah Brown LAN 1:16.05

    100-Yard Breaststroke: 1. Olivia McPherson LAR 1:06.47, 4. Lainy Duncan LAN 1:19.15, 9. Lily Gose LAN 1:25.05, 10. Jenny Bautz LAN 1:25.46, 12. McKella Stigers LAN 1:27.25

    400-Yard Free Relay: 1. Laramie (H. Schroeder, A. Mathes, A. Roesler, S. Morton) 3:53.5, Lander 4:19.45 (L. Brown, M. McPherson, L. Platz, L. Duncan)

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