Swimmers drop time

By: 
Sonja Karp, NLJ Sports Editor

Last weekend the Lady Dogie swim team made the long trek over the mountain to Cody for a quadrangular on Thursday and an invitational on Friday. Throughout the course of the two days, head coach Doug Scribner was pleased to see his swimmers cut some impressive time from their previous best efforts.

“For this weekend, I challenged the girls to improve as a team,” Scribner began. “We’ve been doing some different things in practice to start practicing faster, and everyone improved in almost everything they swam. Everyone raced hard and saw improvements over what we saw last weekend in Gillette.”

Lydia Anderson, who qualified in the 50 and 100 Freestyle in the opening weekend, had another good weekend in those events. On Thursday in the 50, she dropped .21 seconds to get under the 4A qualifying time, finishing first place in 27.59. Then, on Friday, she also swam another 3A qualifying time in the 100 Free finishing second with a time of 1:01.76.

“Lydia had a nice weekend. She ended up in some really good races and took advantage of the situation and had some good times,” Scribner reported. “She is almost under her best time from last year in the 50 Free.”

Though Anderson didn’t add any new races to her state slate, she did put up some lifetime personal records over the weekend as well. She swam a PR in the 200 IM as well as the 500 Freestyle, dropping 8 and 11 seconds, respectively. However, as a sprinter Anderson feels satisfied with those times to last her the rest of the season.

“We won’t talk about the 500,” said Scribner, chuckling. “I’m pretty sure that Lydia will be one and done with that event, even though she ended up just 6 seconds out of qualifying.”

Returning senior Kyah Miller also had a good weekend, by dropping 8 seconds from her breaststroke time last week in Gillette. 

“Kyah’s been working hard on getting some of her technique back from when she was a freshman, so she had some really good time drops in her races,” Scribner said. “Her breaststroke improved even from Thursday to Friday, as she had a better time in the relay on Friday than she did in the open on Thursday just by changing up a couple of things with her race.”

Sophomore Ruth Rose saw huge improvements by dropping 20 seconds in the Breaststroke and over 20 seconds in the 200 Freestyle.

Hailey Beastrom, also a sophomore, had a 2-second drop in the Backstroke and is now just 4 seconds away from qualifying in that event. And freshman Jaydenn Nelson swam a PR in the 50 Freestyle by dropping 2 seconds when she swam her leg of the 200 Free Relay on Friday.

The Improvement Challenge set for the team was to improve 5 seconds overall. Scribner admitted that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s averaged over the whole team.

“While there were some pretty impressive time drops, when you average that over the whole team, as well as taking into account practice times, 5 seconds is a lot,” he insisted. “We had only improved by 2.7 seconds on Thursday, but ended up improving 5.7 seconds by the end of Friday.

By meeting the goal, the ladies earned themselves a day off of practice on Labor Day. 

“We’ve been keeping track of improvements in practice more this year, so it’s starting to sink in exactly how fast they are practicing,” Scribner explained. “So now it’s getting easier to transfer that to a meet, and how we can improve.”

“Times showed that they don’t practice their other strokes as fast as they practice their freestyle,” he continued. “In order to compete fast, they have to practice fast, and they are making that connection, and we have seen significant improvements in how fast they are practicing.”

This week the Lady Dogies go to Worland for a triangular on Friday then on to Powell for a big invite on Saturday.

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