Green River and Lander are 2021 Co-State Champs in 3A Girls Swimming [VIDEOS]
For the first time in state history, the Class 3A Girls’ Swimming and Diving State Championships ended in a tie. Green River and Lander share the crown.
Both teams finished with 245 team points after 12 events. That’s two titles in a row for the Wolves and five of the last six for the Tigers. Here are the two teams celebrating together.
It came down to the last event, the 400 freestyle relay. Green River had to place first in the relay to tie Lander, as the Wolves trailed by six points entering the race. That’s what happened. Green River won the relay in 3:44.38. Lander came in second, and that created the tie.
Both head coaches were okay with the tie. WyoPreps chatted with Lander’s Shawna Morgan, who was named the 3A Coach of the Year, and Green River’s Colleen Seiloff.
The Wolves won six of the 12 events in the meet. They were led by freshman Tanith Smith, who won two events. She touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.68 seconds. Smith captured the 100 backstroke race in 1:00.21.
The other titles for Green River came in the 200 medley relay (1:53.13), from sophomore Courtney Clark in the 500 freestyle (5:33.25), and senior Lilly Munoz in the 100 breaststroke race (1:05.03).
Lander won two events. Senior Ashlon Koch placed first in the 100 butterfly race, in 1:01.08. The Tigers also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:43.22.
The other individual event winners were Cody’s Tara Joyce in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, Buffalo’s Makenna Lambert, who defended her title in the 200 IM (2:13.98), and Powell’s Kami Jensen in diving with 343.20 points.
Joyce won two awards, but she will be featured in a separate story.
Powell's Heather Christensen was honored as the 3A Assistant Coach of the Year.
It is the 12th state championship in girls’ swimming & diving for Lander and the fourth for Green River.
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