RIVERTON — The LHS Eagles took fifth place in the 3A West regional meet Feb. 1-2, at Riverton by earning 151 points.
Top marks went to Lander with 342, followed by Powell with 247 points.
LHS competed at a meet in Evanston yesterday and will focus on the state meet next week at Gillette on Feb.15-16. According to LHS head coach Loren Huntsman, yesterday’s meet at Evanston, “used to be listed as a non-q meet and that is what it used to be. Now it is better labeled as a last chance meet, to qualify before state.”
The Lyman Eagles, small team but mighty, claim some of the top places each meet, and their results at the regional meet last week followed this pattern.
“Yes, I thought we had a good showing at Conference swim,” Huntsman said Tuesday morning. “Several swimmers, with their best times of the year – Carson (Walker) Hansen (Bradshaw), Kyler (Legault), Carter (Huntsman), and Rho (Mecham) have all qualified. Jaxon (Peacock) is really close in the breast stroke.
“It has been a good season. We do better in bigger meets because our top swimmers seem to stay in the top 6, which is where you get big points,” Huntsman said.
In looking forward to the state conference, Huntsman reflected, “We have finished second at state the last three years to Lander. That would be great for us this year, but realistically, I would hope we stay in the top five or six.”
According to Brady Oltman, sportswriter for the Star-Trib, Lander is considered the “clear leader in the 3A West.” He credited it to Lander’s dominant swimming program.
Oltman also projected, “The only event in which Lander doesn’t have the current leader is in the 100 free where Lyman’s Kyler Legault leads.”