Lander Tigers Dominate in Another 3A Boys State Swim Title [VIDEOS]
The streak rolls on for the Lander Valley Tigers. They won their 24th consecutive Wyoming High School Class 3A Boys Swimming and Diving State Championship on Friday in Laramie.
Lander won nine of the 12 events and scored 353 points. Their margin was 176 points over second place. They even overcame a hiccup of a disqualified relay. The Powell Panthers finished as runner-up with 177 team points. Buffalo was just two points back in third place at 175 points.
Here is Lander walking to receive their first-place trophy.
The Tigers celebrated by jumping into the pool, coaches first.
WyoPreps' David Settle visited with Lander head coach Shawna Morgan after the competition.
Tigers’ sophomore Jonny Kulow was named the 3A Athlete of the Meet and Athlete of the Year. He was part of four state records and won three titles during the two-day meet. Kulow captured the 100 freestyle in 45.36 seconds during the finals. He set the new mark of 44.69 in the prelims. Kulow followed that with another record in the 100 backstroke of 50.08 seconds. That eclipsed his time from the prelims of 50.75. Kulow was also part of the victorious 200 medley relay. Their winning time was 1:37.53. The final record was in the prelims with the 200 free relay on Thursday with a time of 1:27.15.
Senior Ryan Brinda of Lander was also a double event winner. He touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (1:48.47) and the 100 butterfly (53.86).
The Tigers also had victories from senior Nick Kulow in the 50 freestyle (21.35), freshman Dylan Huelskamp in the 200 individual medley (2:03.97), and freshman Brayden Brown in the 500 freestyle (4:59.67). Their 400 freestyle relay also came in first-place in 3:18.50.
Powell finished with a pair of champions. Sophomore Nate Johnston won the 100 breaststroke race in 1:00.53. He was also part of the Panthers’ victorious 200 freestyle relay team. They won with a time of 1:33.41.
The other victory was by Buffalo senior Seth Felbeck. He captured diving with 360.10 points over 11 dives.
Can you name the last team that wasn’t Lander to win a 3A boys’ state championship? The Rawlins Outlaws in 1996.
More reaction from event winners and the sights and sounds of the 3A boys' meet will be coming soon from WyoPreps.