by nathan oster
The Worland Warriors saw one of their team members, Carolyn Kennedy, capture a state title and the team capture fifth place out of 12 teams at the State 3A Swimming and Diving Championships over the weekend in Gillette.
Worland has produced two diving champions since 1978, but Kennedy was the first Lady Warrior to capture a state swimming title, taking first in the 100 butterfly thanks to a come-from-behind finish.
While her win was the highlight, Coach Kim Wyman noted that the team turned in many other great performances. With 97.5 points, the Warriors topped two of their closest rivals, beating Powell, with 96 points, and Cody, with 94. Jackson Hole won 3A with 288.5 points.
The Greybull-Riverside contingent didn’t disappoint.
Elizabeth Dietrich, Brianna Jolley and Taylor Werbelow all placed for the Warriors.
Jolley and Werbelow swam on Worland’s 200 medley relay team, which placed eighth in 2:08.85.
Dietrich and Werbelow swam on Worland’s 200 freestyle relay, which was seventh in 1:51.22.
Dietrich and Jolley swam on the 400 freestyle relay, whichh was fifth in 4:01.51.
Jolley was the only Greybull-Basin swimmers who placed in an individual event, taking eighth in the 100 butterfly in 1:08.39.
“I am really proud of the swim team this season and all the gains they have made,” said Wyman. “It was such a fun season with a lot of memories not just in the pool but friendships within the team. They were a great group of kids to be around.
“The exciting thing is that we are a really young team. We will lose our two seniors who led us in all the right directions this year and will welcome back 13 freshmen and sophomores and one junior. The Lady Warriors swim team looks bright into the future.”