by nathan oster
The Greybull trio of Brianna Jolley, Elizabeth Dietrich and Brittany Butz all played a role in helping the Worland Lady Warrior swim team capture first place at Saturday’s Newcastle Invitational.
Facing a field of teams similar in size, Worland amassed 308 team points, 15 more than second-place Buffalo, which came in at 293. Newcastle was third with 238 points, followed in fourth by Douglas with 206.
The win “gave us encouragement,” said Coach Kim Wyman. “It was the first meet we competed in where all the teams invited had similar numbers of participants as us.”
Jolley placed fourth in the 200 individual medley, fifth in the 100 breaststroke and swam a leg on Worland’s 400 freestyle relay team, which placed second, and Worland’s 200 freestyle relay team which was also second.
Dietrich also swam on that 200 freestyle relay team. In addition, she placed fifth in the 500 freestyle, seventh in the 50 freestyle and swam the first leg for the 200 medley relay team, which captured fourth place.
Butz earned a fourth in the 200 freestyle and a fifth in the 100 freestyle.
Jolley, Dietrich, Butz and the rest of the Warriors will swim in a pre-invite meet Friday night and in their own Worland Invitational on Saturday. Both events take place in the WHS pool.
“Homecoming is a busy week and hopefully we can maintain a schedule that will be conducive for some great swims,” said Wyman.
“The Lady Warriors are progressing each week by building up their endurance and concentrating each race on specific goals of improvement. After homecoming, we will start focusing on what the girls will be swimming in the post season for us by zeroing in on their areas of strength and the teams overall needs in specific events.”