Lander Tigers Take the 2022 3A Girls State Swim Championship [VIDEOS]
With four event victories and their depth, the Lander Tigers won the Class 3A Wyoming High School Girls Swimming and Diving State Championship on Friday in Laramie.
It was the second straight title for Lander after they shared it with Green River in 2021. The Tigers won the 3A girls’ crown for the sixth time in the last seven years with 276 team points. It was the 13th championship in school history. It led to the typical leap into the pool in the video above.
The Tigers started with a win in the 200 medley relay at 1:53.98. That came on the heels of a disqualification of Green River’s medley relay team. Lander added another title in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:41.58.
Two individual wins came from freshman Katy Anderson in the 100 backstroke race at 1:01.89. Senior Lainy Duncan capped Lander’s win with a victory in the 100 breaststroke race at 1:08.97.
The Tigers added 12 more top-six finishes and a third place in the 400 freestyle relay.
First-year head coach Erik DeClue was extremely proud of his squad.
Duncan and fellow seniors Lillyan Hamilton and Katelyn Brinda discussed the feeling of another title, how it happened, some individual efforts, and more.
Green River took second with 232 points. Powell was third at 201 points.
The Wolves won six events, which included a new state record in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:40.23.
The other two events, the distance freestyle races, were won by Cody’s Tara Joyce.
Emily Swett of Cody was named the Class 3A Coach of the Year. Ron Barker of Green River was selected as the Class 3A Assistant Coach of the Year. Joyce was named the 3A Athlete of the Meet and the Year.