Swim team captures silver to start season

Robert Galbreath photo Pinedale sophomore Andy DeClue swims the butterfly during warmups at practice this week. DeClue qualified for State in the 200 and 500 freestyles and won the 500 freestyle at the Lyman Invitational on Dec. 10.

LYMAN ­– The Sublette County combined boys’ swim team made waves at the season opener Lyman Invitational on Friday, Dec. 10, beating out Green River, Kemmerer and the host school to place second with 123.5 points.

The team was unable to compete at the Rawlins Tournament scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, due to weather conditions and closed roads.

Four athletes on the team qualified for the State Swim Meet in the opening weekend.

Pinedale sophomore Andy DeClue punched his ticket in the 200 and 500 freestyles. He won the long-distance 500-yard freestyle in Lyman, clocking in at 5 minutes, 54.16 seconds. He took second place in the 200-yard freestyle at 2:08.96.

DeClue, along with junior Hunter Scott, junior Owen Nielson and senior J.T. Day, won the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team finished in 3:56.65, 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Green River.

Scott, competing on the team from Jackson, qualified in the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle. He won both the 200 individual medley at 2:11.62 and the 100 butterfly at 59.20 seconds.

Day finished the 100 freestyle with a State-qualifying time. He placed second in the event, coming in just under a minute at 58.43 seconds.

Big Piney sophomore Ryen Hacklin took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke, making State with a time of 1:15.91.

An additional highlight included a second-place finish by DeClue, Hacklin, Nielson and freshman Calleb Willson in the 200 freestyle relay, timed in at 1:48.40.

“Lyman was a fantastic first meet for our swimmers,” said head coach Ambr Seemann. “Seeing so many qualifying races and even more just missing qualifying times is the best way to start out the season. It will be exciting to see how our swimmers improve.”

“We are off to a great start,” said coach Kursty Day. “It was very exciting to see the returning swimmers swim close to, if not faster than, their fastest time from last year.”

Additional results

  • 200 medley relay: DeClue, Hacklin, Nielson and Willson in fourth place at 2:04.81.
  • 200 freestyle: Ammon Woolstenhulme in ninth place at 2:49.14.
  • 200 individual medley: Nielson in fourth place at 2:32.49 and Hacklin in sixth at 2:34.86.
  • 50 freestyle: John Ruby in fifth place at 27.77 seconds, Sage Mahaffey tied for sixth at 28.42 seconds and Logan Visser in 18th at 49.41 seconds.
  • 1-meter diving: Day in sixth place with 154.25 points.
  • 100 freestyle: Brycen Vrska in 13th place at 1:20.36 and Visser in 17th at 1:58.54.
  • 500 freestyle: Nielson in fourth place at 6:12.24.
  • 200 freestyle relay: Vrska, Mahaffey, Ruby and Woolstenhulme in fifth place at 2:05.87.
  • 100 backstroke: Mahaffey in fourth place at 1:19.30 and Vrska in eighth at 1:37.43.
  • 100 breaststroke: Woolstenhulme in sixth place at 1:30.04 and Ruby in seventh at 1:32.03.
  • 400 freestyle relay: Mahaffey, Vrska, Woolstenhulme and Ruby in fourth place at 5:03.75.