by nathan oster
The Worland Warriors got top-12 finishes from every swimmer and diver on their roster en route to a third-place finish last weekend at its conference meet.
Taylor Werbelow, who attends Riverside, provided one of the highlights for the Warriors, qualifying for the state meet in the 50 freestyle. “She has been working really hard toward this goal so it was nice to see her qualify in prelims,” said Coach Kim Wyman.
Werbelow placed fifth in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.
Elizabeth Dietrich, who hails from GHS, placed fourth in the 100 freestyle and eighth in the 100 breaststroke.
Brianna Jolley claimed a third in the 200 freestyle and a fourth in the 100 butterfly.
Brittany Butz contributed an 11th in the 500 freestyle.
In the relays, Jolley and Dietrich swam on Worland’s medley relay team, which took third; Dietrick and Werbelow were on the second-place finishing 200 free relay, and Werbelow and Jolley were on Worland’s 400 free relay, which also placed second.
The Warriors are spending this week gearing up for their sate meet, which will be held this weekend in Gillette. Prelims are Friday afternoon. Finals follow on Saturday morning.
“The team will be tapering and anxiously awaiting this culminating event,” said Wyman. “We had many successes this past weekend and too much fun! The girls swam very well and really came together as a team. It was very exciting to be a part of.”