A select few Wyoming swimmers competed in the 2019 Northwest Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way, Washington, over the weekend.
Laramie’s Max DeYoung scored the best finish among Wyoming swimmers over the weekend, finishing the 50 freestyle prelims in 21.13 seconds and placing 11th in the finals with a 20.97. He also swam a 1:50.99 in the finals of the 200 back, which won his finals section and give him a 25th-place finish. DeYoung also swam a non-qualifying time in the 100 breast (59.84).
Former Laramie standout and current University of Wyoming sophomore Maggie Clerkin swam a 17:29.31 in the 1,650 freestyle, which was good for 15th place. The rest of the placing Wyomingites went through prelims and finals, as Clerkin painfully discovered by finishing one spot out of the 500 free finals, clocking a 5:07.56 in the prelims, and missing the finals by 0.38 seconds.
Olivia McPherson of Laramie also qualified into the finals, swimming a 1:04.16 in the 100 breast prelims. In the finals she swam a 1:04.74 to finish 23rd. McPherson also swam a 58.69 in the 100 back, a 58.91 in the 100 fly and a 2:13.32 in the 200 IM, which were not enough to qualify for the finals.
Gillette’s Jenny Holwell swam a prelims 1:04.53 in the 100 breast to qualify for the finals. Holwell finished 28th in the event with a 1:04.84 in the finals. The Gillette senior also swam non-qualifying times in the 200 breast (2:23.57), the 100 fly (59.75), the 400 IM (4:37.87) and 200 IM (2:12.39).
Green River’s Michael Richmond swam a 47.18 in the 100 free prelims, qualifying him for the finals where he swam a 47.20 and finished 28th. He later swam the 200 free, where he finished at 1:43.62, placing him 50th. He also swam a 54.22 in the 100 back, 4:41.49 in the 500 free, a 51.58 in the 100 fly and a 1:56.83 in the 200 IM, all of which did not advance him into the finals.
The other Wyomingites competing swam respectable times but couldn’t get through the crowded field to make the individual finals.
The Buffalo girls swim team of Luci Riddle, Emi Wagner, Grace Wagner and Maddi Johnson clocked a 2:08.45 in the opening 200 medley relay, finishing just outside of the top 60 teams. Those four also swam the 200 free, where they clocked a disappointing 1:47.26, well behind their prelim time. Emi Wagner also swam in the individual 100 free, where she clocked a 55.55.
The Laramie girls team of Sage Morton, Anna Roesler, Olivia McPherson and Madeline Jablin swam a 8:01.80 in the 800 free to place 37th. That same team combined to swim a 4:09.35 in the 400 medley relay to finish 43rd.
The Laramie boys team of Connor Fontana, Collin Fontana, Rowan Kelly and Sean Clerkin swam a 3:36.30 in the 400 medley relay. That was good enough for 35th. They also finished outside placement in the 800 free (7:45.09).
Thunder Basin’s Gunnar Poley swam a 48.04 in the 100 free, 1:47.53 in the 200 free, 54.43 seconds in the 100 back, 1:55.59 in the 200 back and 21.74 in the 50 free. He finished outside the finals in all of those events.
Gillette’s McKenna Hauber swam a 10:50.12 in the 1,000 free, 1:58.97 in the 200 free, 4:46.09 in the 400 IM, 5:17.63 in the 500 free, 1:12.14 in the 100 breast, and a 18:09.28 in the 1,650 free, none of which put her into the finals.
Rock Springs’ Abi Robinson-Kim swam non-qualifying times in the 100 back (59.54) and 200 IM (2:12.49). Laramie youngster Katelyn McPherson swam a non-qualifying 59.65 in the 100 fly.
Former Bozeman standout Matthew Kelly, who currently swims for Laramie Swim Club, swam a 58.40 in the 100 breast, 55.48 in the 100 fly, and 1:59.83 in the 200 IM, for non-qualifying times.