Laramie won just two individual events, but the Plainsmen’s depth was enough to lift them to their fourth consecutive Wyoming State High School Class 4A Boys Swimming and Diving Championship on Friday in Laramie.
Junior Mace Spiker-Miller defended his state title in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.43 seconds and classmate Dylan Bressler won the diving with a state-record 515.35 points to lead the way for Laramie, which finished with 270 points. Kelly Walsh was second with 249 points, followed by Cheyenne Central (233) and Cheyenne South (xxx).
Cheyenne South senior Jared Price, who won the 200 freestyle (1:44.93) and defended his title in the 500 free (4:54.44) as well as swimming on the Bison’s state championship 200 medley relay team, was named the Athlete of the Meet and the Athlete of the Year. Laramie’s Tom Hudson was the Coach of the Year.
Kelly Walsh senior Carter Mahoney and Cheyenne Central sophomore Ethan Merrill also captured two individual gold medals. Mahoney placed first in the 50 free (21.19) and the 100 free (47.63) while Merrill finished atop the podium in the 200 IM (2:00.37) and the 100 breaststroke (59.84).
Mahoney also competed on two state championship relay teams as KW won both the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay. Kelly Walsh senior Braden Lougee brought home gold medals in the 100 backstroke (53.30) the 400 free relay and the 200 free relay. Jonas Armstron and Paxton Yakel teamed with Mahoney and Lougee in the 400 relay while the 200 free relay consisted of Mahoney, Lougee, Ian Byrnes and Gus Meyer.
Laramie had at least one top-six finisher in seven of the nine individual events, including second-place showings by Spiker-Miller in the 200 IM and Collin Fontana in the 500 free. Bressler broke the old mark of 491.40 points set in 2002 by Kelly Walsh’s Tyler Wistisen.
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