PINEDALE – The Wyoming Coaches Association released its annual end-of-season award lists over the past few weeks as fall sports come to a close.
Senior Sierra Hattan, a member of the Sublette County combined girls’ swim team, earned All-Conference recognition a third year.
Hattan gained a place on the list with her third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly finals at the 3A West Conference Swim Meet hosted by Pinedale on Oct. 22-23. Hattan clocked the race in at 1 minute, 3.97 seconds.
Hattan went on to place third in the 100-yard butterfly finals at the State Meet in Gillette on Nov. 6 with a time of 1:04.63.
The senior qualified for State in four individual events this season – the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.
Hattan swam the 100-yard breaststroke at the Conference, placing sixth in the finals at 1:16.95.
During a busy season, Hattan picked up numerous wins. Hattan took first place in the 100 butterfly at the Green River Invite on Sept. 4, the Kemmerer Invite on Sept. 10 and the Pinedale Homecoming Triangular on Sept. 23.
Hattan won the 100 breaststroke at the duel against Lyman hosted by Big Piney on Sept. 16, the Sublette Triangular on Oct. 14 and the following day at the Jackson Duels.
During Pinedale’s Homecoming Week, Hattan also took first place in the 200 individual medley. She won the 50 freestyle at the Jackson Duels.
Hattan made team history last year when she broke the Pinedale girls’ team record in the 100-meter butterfly at Big Piney on Oct. 16. Placing first in the event, Hattan clocked in at 1:11.24, beating the original record set in 1994.
“Sierra Hattan has a competitive drive that far surpasses the majority of high school swimmers,” said head coach Ambr Seemann. “The desire to win allows her 5-foot-2-inch body to be competitive against swimmers who are much taller and can reach much further. Sierra mastered a speedy, efficient turn that allowed her to often overcome her competition. Sierra also went faster throughout the race when most people slowed down.”
Coach Kursty Day praised Hattan’s supportive and encouraging attitude toward teammates in practice and at meets.
“Sierra is a great teammate,” Day said. “She encourages other swimmers to do their best.”