PINEDALE – Following a brief holiday break, the Sublette County combined boys’ swim team dove back into competition at the Kemmerer Quad on Dec. 30.
Sublette County took home silver at the meet with 61 points, beating the host school and Lyman, and finishing a few points shy of Evanston.
Pinedale sophomore Andy DeClue won the 400-meter freestyle, clocking the long-distance event in at 5 minutes, 10.66 seconds. He beat the runner-up from Kemmerer by nearly 16 seconds.
Switching gears, DeClue took third place in the 50-meter freestyle sprint with a time of 29.25 seconds.
Hunter Scott, competing on the team from Jackson, came in first place in the 200 individual medley at 2:30.91. He took second place in the 100 backstroke and qualified for State in the event timed in at 1:08.73.
Big Piney junior Owen Nielson snapped up second place in the 100 butterfly at 1:28.56. Senior J.T. Day of Big Piney placed third in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:22.28.
Relay teams put in a strong performance at Kemmerer. Day, Nielson, Scott and DeClue swept the competition in the 4x50-meter freestyle relay. The team clocked in at 1:56.39, beating Lyman by more than 3 seconds.
Big Piney sophomore Ryen Hacklin, Scott, Nielson and Day placed third in the 4x50-meter medley relay, timing in at 2:13.59.
Hacklin, Big Piney junior Sage Mahaffey, Pinedale freshman Calleb Willson and DeClue took third place in the 4x100-meter relay at 4:53.98.
“With the Kemmerer meet happening over winter break, it was great to have the majority of our team in attendance,” said Coach Ambr Seemann. “We look forward to getting back into regular practice attendance that will allow individual and team goals to be within reach.”
“Despite the challenges of a swim meet over Christmas break, every swimmer showed their best efforts and are on course with further improvements for future meets,” said Coach Kursty Day.