The Laramie High girls swimming and diving team started the season on a high note Friday by hosting and winning the Laramie Relays.
The defending state champion Lady Plainsmen won seven of 11 events to tally 630 team points. Cheyenne Central was second at 568 and Green River finished third at 488.
Veteran LHS Tom Hudson said it was a bit of a surprise since LHS teams historically have lineups at this meet base more on overall team depth.
The Lady Plainsmen picked up two early qualifiers for the state meet during the first legs of three events.
Sophomore Anna Roesler qualified in the 200 freestyle when she led off the 800 freestyle relay and the 100 freestyle leading off the 400 freestyle relay. Junior Katie McPherson qualified for state in the 50 freestyle when she led off the 200 freestyle relay.
Lady Plainsmen divers junior Maddie Appelhans and sophomore Natalie Six teamed up to win the diving with 197 points.
LHS will next host the Laramie Pentathlon at 9 a.m. today at the Laramie High School Natatorium. The meet format features each swimmer competing in all strokes for a combined overall time. Diving will have separate team scores.
The LHS tennis teams hosted Cheyenne Central on Thursday and couldn’t overcome the boys and girls defending state champions.
The Plainsmen and Lady Plainsmen both lost 4-1 to even their overall records at 3-3 on the young season.
Senior Kyle Moore picked the win for the LHS boys at No. 1 singles when he bounced back from a tough first set to win 6-7(4-7), 7-5, 5-1 against Central’s Eli Norgauer, who had to retire because of injury.
The Lady Plainsmen win came at No. 2 doubles when senior Kate Dennis and junior DaiJane Giron beat the Central team of Kaitlyn Ackerman and Kamryn Tempel, 6-4, 6-3.
The LHS golf teams competed in the largest tournaments of the season so far at the Rock Springs Invitational.
The first round on Thursday was scratched because of weather and the tournament was shortened to one round on Friday.
The Plainsmen finished fourth out of 10 teams with 325 strokes. Natrona County won with 311, followed by Cheyenne Central at 313 and Cheyenne East at 314. Plainsman sophomore Jackson McClaren tied for fourth place with a round of 75 at the White Mountain Golf Course.
Kelly Walsh won the girls title with 265 strokes. Natrona was second at 268 and Central was third with 290.
Central’s Ethan Cates won the boys title with a 72 and Kelly Walsh’s Megan Griffin won the girls title with an 80.
More information for the LHS golfers was not available.
CASPER — The cross-country season started with a large meet Friday at Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain for the Kelly Walsh Invitational.
The Plainsmen and Lady Plainsmen had runners finish runner-up in each the boys and girls 5-kilometer races.
LHS senior Mason Swingholm finished the course in 17 minutes, 40.89 seconds for second place. Lander Valley junior Kaleb Simonson won in 17:16.43.
LHS senior Abigail Whitman was runner-up in 20:33.21. Rawlins standout distance runner and two-time Wyoming Gatorade Girls Cross-Country Runner of the Year Sydney Thorvaldson won in 18:09.48.
The Plainsmen were third out of 11 teams with 82 points. Sheridan won with a low of 39 and Lander Valley was third with 74.
Also finishing in the top 20 for the LHS boys were juniors Ted Rittle (16th, 19:04.26) and Kent Henry (17th, 19:06.72).
The Lady Plainsmen were fourth out of nine teams with 93 points. Natrona County won with 55, followed by Sheridan at 66 and Lander Valley at 79.
Senior Jayla Wulff (12th, 22:07.70) also finished in the top 20.
Information for the Lady Plainsmen’s season-opening matches at the Cheyenne Invitational was not available.