Prelims for the Wyoming High School Class 3A Boys Swimming State Championships begin on Thursday in Laramie, and Lander remains the team everyone is talking about. The Tigers have won throughout the season and are only a weekend away from winning their 23rd consecutive state championship.
The Tigers have a plethora of swimmers who can place, but none have been as dominant as junior Caleb Huelskamp and sophomore Nick Kulow. The two have combined for the fastest times in six individual races. They are also members of Lander’s 400 free, 200 medley and 200 free relay teams, all of which have the fastest times going into the weekend.
If any team can threaten to dethrone the Tigers it is Powell. The Panthers know what they have in senior Hudson Wilkerson, who goes into state with the best scores in the diving events. Senior Kacey Creed has provided top-five finishes so far this year, including the second-best time in 3A in the 100 butterfly. But make no mistake, it would be an upset if Powell came home with the gold.
Kemmerer’s Carl Krell goes in with the classification’s best times in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.