Boys swim team snags second place at Kemmerer

Robert Galbreath photo Junior Andy DeClue hones his technique in the backstroke during practice in early December. DeClue scored silver in both the 50- and 400-meter freestyles at the Kemmerer Triangular on Dec. 29.

KEMMERER – The Sublette County combined boys’ swim team capped off 2022 with a second-place finish at the Kemmerer Triangular on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Only seven athletes from Sublette County competed over the winter break. While small in number, the team still tallied up the 55 points necessary to beat Lyman.

Senior Owen Nielson bagged gold in the 200-individual medley. He posted a time of 2 minutes, 46.66 seconds, overtaking his rival from Lyman by more than half a second.

Nielson placed third in the 400-freestyle, clocking in at 5:22.81.

Freshman Kaden Day picked up his first win for the season, finishing first in the 100-backstroke at 1:26.38. Fellow freshman Scotty Ring came in second place in the backstroke with a time of 1:29.57.

Timing the 50-freestyle in at 28.07 seconds, junior Andy DeClue took second place in the sprint. On the other end of the distance spectrum, DeClue earned silver in the 400-freestyle at 5:16.76.

Junior John Ruby picked up second place in the 100-freestyle with a time of 1:08.05.

Relay highlights a second-place finish for Day, sophomore Reuben Allen, DeClue and Nielson in the 4x50-meter medley relay at 2:29.30.

Ruby, Ring, DeClue and Nielson secured silver in the 4x100-meter relay, clocking in at 4:44.59. Day, Ruby, sophomore Calleb Willson and Allen took third place in the 4x50-freestyle relay at 2:22.19.

Co-Head Coaches Kursty Day and Cheryl Grossman expressed pride in the team’s achievements at Kemmerer.

“With the seven athletes that went to Kemmerer, we saw a lot of great efforts,” the coaches wrote. “Scotty Ring was able to take time off in the 200-freestyle and Andy DeClue dropped a little time in the 50-freestyle. This meet was very fast with only one heat in each event, not leaving much break in between for rest. We are looking forward to a healthy team and traveling to Cody and Powell this weekend.”

Additional results

Ring placed fifth in the 200-freestyle at 2:54.46. In the 200-individual medley, Ruby finished in fifth place at 2:57.84, with Day in sixth place at 3:04.64.

Allen took eighth place in the 50-freestyle, posting a time of 42.44 seconds. Willson completed the 100-freestyle in seventh place at 1:19.12.