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The host Gillette Camels had three individual champions and won two of three relays to successfully defend their title at the Wyoming State High School Class 4A Boys Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday.

Gillette finished with 279 points, which was nearly 100 more than runner-up Laramie (179.3). West Regional champ Kelly Walsh was third with 167.3 points, followed by Rock Springs with 148 and Green River with 145.

Gillette sophomore Gunnar Poley led the Camels’ charge. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.15 seconds and the 100 backstroke (52.25) as well as swimming the first leg on the Camels’ 200 medley and 200 free first-place relay teams.

Also winning individual titles for Gillette were juniors Tyler Williams (diving, 455.80 points) and Ty Conklin (100 free, 47.44 seconds).

Poley also won the state title in the 100 back last year, while Williams also duplicated his winning effort from a year ago.

The finals were dominated by underclassmen, as Cheyenne South’s Kevin Muela was the only senior to win an individual event, claiming top honors in the 100 breast with a time of 59.79 seconds.

Rock Springs freshman Darwin Anderson won both the 200 free (1:44.55) and the 500 free (4:42.07).

Green River sophomore Michael Richmond also won two events — the 200 IM (1:57.60) and the 100 butterfly (51.90). Richmond was named the Athlete of the Meet by the Wyoming Swim Coaches Association.

The Laramie 400 free relay team of Matt Mittelstaedt, Noah Richardson, Logan Pickard and Max DeYoung rounded out the event winners.

Joining Poley, who was named the Boys Athlete of the Year by the WSCA, on the 200 medley team were Trevor Morton, Landon Hoffmann and Ty Conklin. The 200 free relay team consisted of Poley, Morton, Conklin and Austin Bonar.

Gillette’s Josh Bott was named the 4A Coach of the Year.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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