Powell finners prep for state swim meet

By: 
Pat Parmer

As the ‘23-24 season winds down, the Powell High School boys swimming/diving team is gearing up for their final meet of the year.
The guys are swimming some of their best times so far and working toward showing off their work and skills at the state meet in Laramie Feb. 16-17. With just a few days left before that final trip, they will enjoy a little extra rest during taper week and will be in great shape for the final meet.
Highlights of the conference meet in Gillette Feb. 2-3 include Will Fuller grabbing two new Q times in the 100 free and 100 back — finishing ninth in the free and third in the back. Hugh Carpenter cut time in the
100 free (as lead swimmer on the 400 free relay) and 500 free. He placed seventh in the 500 (see times below). Conner Mayes started off the 200 free relay in good shape with a strong time of 26.15, while Taggart Shumway dove to seventh place in 1-meter diving and cut time twice at the meet in the 50 free.
Freshman Gabe Buchholz cut 1:30 off his 100 free (prelims) and 0.22 in the 100 back final. Branton Moore swam the 100 breast and back prelims.
Final dual at Cody
The last regular season meet was held Tuesday night at Cody. Carpenter and Fuller each added another qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke with PRs in the event for both swimmers. Buchholz cut more time off his conference PRs in the 100 free and 100 back at Cody.
Conference results
200 Medley Relay: 4. Fuller, Gabe Rose, Mayes, Carpenter; 1: 54.33
200 Free: 4. Carpenter 2:01.74.
200 IM: 10. Mayes 2:34.05.
50 Free: 11. Shumway 26.68; Mayes 27.31 *P.
1 meter Diving: 7. Shumway 272.20.
100 Free: 9. Fuller 55.34; G. Buchholz 1:03.09 *P.
500 Free: 7. Carpenter 5:48.71.
200 Free Relay: 4. Mayes, Jon Hawley, Shumway, Garrett Lennon 1:46.42.
100 Back: 3. Fuller 1:00.46; Buchholz 1:13.87 *P; Moore 1:23.62 *P.
200 Breaststroke: Moore *P 1:34.41.
400 Free Relay: 3. Carpenter, Lennon, Gabe Rose, Fuller 3:47.59.
Team Scores:  Buffalo 340, Riverton 274, Cody 255, Powell 169, Newcastle 103, Douglas 91, Worland 47.
*P = prelims
Cody results
200 Free: 1. Carpenter; 2:01.20; 4. Fuller, 2:14.34; 5. Mayes 2:15.41.
50 Free: 4. Shumway 26.92.
1 meter Diving: 7. Shumway 180.50.
100 Free: 4. Buchholtz 1:00.69
100 Back: 3. Buchholtz, 1:11.30; 5. Moore, 1:21.20.
100 Breaststroke: 2. Carpenter 1:13.91; 3. Fuller 1:14.49; 4. Mayes 1:21.34.
400 Free Relay: 2. Adam Williams, Carpenter, Fuller, Jon Hawley, 4:45.94; 3. Garrett Lennon, Moore, Buchholtz, Mayes, 5:12.54.
Team Scores:  Cody 81, Powell 59.

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