PINEDALE – Sublette County’s young girls’ swim team proved its mettle at the Sublette County Triangular hosted by the Pinedale Aquatic Center on Thursday, Sept. 23.
Sublette County came in second place at 312 points, only five points behind rival Kemmerer with 317 points. Evanston took third, tallying up 259 points.
Pinedale High School senior Sierra Hattan scooped up two wins at the meet. She placed first in the 200-meter individual medley, clocking in at 2 minutes, 52.78 seconds, more than 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Kemmerer.
Hattan continues to dominate the 100-meter butterfly, taking first in the event on Thursday with a time of 1:16.01.
Jacie Friel, a senior at PHS, scored a win in the 100-meter backstroke. Timing in at 1:28.48, Friel edged out the competition from Evanston by three seconds.
Fellow senior Mia Buchanan landed in the top five in all her events. She took second place in the 50-meter freestyle sprint at 31.92 seconds. Buchanan came in third in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing in 1:12.36.
Junior Morgan Grossman placed second in the 200-meter freestyle at 2:37.65, only one-tenth of a second behind the first-place finish from Evanston. Grossman took fifth place in the 100-meter freestyle at 1:13.98.
Big Piney junior Rayne Wheeler made the top five in two events. She came in second place in the 100-meter breaststroke, timing in at 1:37.51. In the 100-meter butterfly, Wheeler finished third at 1:33.53.
Pinedale freshman Alexis Thompson swam into second place in the long-distance 400-meter freestyle, finishing in 6:17.99. Thompson took fifth in the 50-meter freestyle at 34.72 seconds.
Pinedale junior Ceili Fallon took third place in the 100-meter breaststroke, clocking in at 1:38.51. Sophomore Addysen Levitt of Pinedale placed fourth in the 100-meter backstroke at 1:34.60.
Pinedale divers each landed in the top five. Junior Rhonda Auradou came in second place with 142.70 points. Lilly Joseph, also a junior, took third at 137.35 points. Senior Rachael Essington finished fourth with 117.55 points, with freshman Maggie Walker in fifth at 96.60 points.
In relay action, Wheeler, Hattan, Buchanan and Grossman placed second in the 400-meter freestyle relay with a time of 5:12.93. The foursome picked up another second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle relay at 2:11.35.
“Homecoming Week is always difficult to swim best times and remain focused,” said coach Ambr Seemann. “However, the girls stepped up and showed great fortitude, swimming many personal bests. We are becoming more competitive as the season progresses. We are excited to swim in Pinedale again on Saturday.”
“Home meets are always fun,” added coach Kursty Day. “We saw some great effort and grit. We look forward to working hard all week in practice.”