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Lander completed its quest for a third consecutive state championship in Laramie on Saturday by cruising to victory in the 2018 Wyoming State High School Class 3A Girls Swimming and Diving Championships. The Tigers finished with 279 points, well ahead of second-place Powell’s 172.

It’s the 10th overall state championship for the program.

Junior Olivia Fowler and senior Anastasia Cornale led the Tigers with individual and relay gold. Both were on the winning 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams. Fowler also won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke while Cornale won the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle.

Lander’s 200 medley relay team set a new 3A state record in the prelims with a time of 1 minute, 51 seconds.

Buffalo kept Lander from sweeping the relays by beating the Tigers in the 200 freestyle relay.

Worland senior Juli Warren won the 200 IM by 5 seconds. Warren would have also won the 100 breaststroke if not for Lyman sophomore Brynlee Busskohl finishing her stellar season with gold. Busskohl set a 3A state record in the prelims with a time of 1:07.69 and broke it in the finals with a time of 1:07.36.

Riverton junior Josie Dike edged out Newcastle sophomore Hannah Gross for the 100 freestyle title. Buffalo junior Emi Wagner won the 50 freestyle and Douglas senior Mo McPherson earned the state championship in the 1-meter with 366.55 points.

Lander head coach Shawna Morgan was named the 3A Coach of the Year, with Worland’s Danielle Warren and Powell’s Heather Christensen sharing Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

Lander’s Cornale was named the Athlete of the Meet and Worland’s Juli Warren was selected the Athlete of the Year.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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