Olivia McPherson Breaks Record, Laramie Girls Repeat As Wyoming 4A State Champions

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The Wyoming girls 4A State Swimming & Diving Championships took place on Nov. 1. For the second-straight year, Laramie won the team title and senior Olivia McPherson was named both Athlete of the Meet and Athlete of the Year after breaking the 4A State record in the 100 free.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Laramie – 318
2. Green River – 189
3. Campbell County – 182
4. Sheridan – 169
5. Cheyenne Central – 134

Sheridan’s Jadyn Mullikin, Zoe Robison, Taylor Baldacci and Piper Carroll began the meet with a two-second victory in the 4×50 medley relay in 1:47.89. Green River took second in 1:49.96 and Laramie was third in 1:51.93.

Campbell freshman Berkely Christensen won the 200 free by just over a full second in 1:56.11 ahead of her teammate Mckenna Hauber (1:57.40). Laramie’s Sage Morton also was under the two-minute mark in 1:58.37. Christensen then continued her winning ways by claiming the 100 fly title in 57.81. Laramie’s Carter Burchi also snuck under the minute barrier in 59.62 and Baldacci (1:00.41) took third.

Hauber found herself on top of the podium in the 500 free, claiming the event in 5:18.24. Morton swam a time of 5:22.95 for second place and third went to Green River’s Alexa Lauze in 5:29.18. Natrona’s Gabriella Haigler dove to first place on the 1-meter board with a final score of 411.25. Cheyenne Central’s Emma Reed finished second in 350.65 while Laramie’s Maddie Appelhans was third with a score of 322.00.

Campbell County’s Jenny Holwell defended her 4A State title in the 200 IM by stopping the clock in 2:10.35 for the win. Rock Springs’ Abi Robinson-Kim was second in 2:12.98 while Baldacci finished in 2:14.75 for third. Holwell also successfully defended her 100 breast title in 1:04.97 ahead of Green River’s Hailey Unrig (1:05.72) and Robison (1:07.80).

Laramie’s O. McPherson won the 50 free for the second-straight year as the only swimmer under the 23-second barrier, splashing-and-dashing her way to the wall in 22.94. Carroll (23.89) and Laramie’s Katie McPherson (24.59) finished second and third, respectively.

O. McPherson won her second individual title of the meet in the 100 free, grabbing the gold with a quick 50.15 to break the 4A State record of 50.37 set back in 2014. Carroll again got the silver in 52.56 and Robison earned bronze in 54.62. Mullikin (57.90), Robinson-Kim (58.77) and Jensen (59.87) also were under one minute in the 100 back with Mullikin having the upper hand on the competition.

Laramie’s Burchi, K. McPherson, Catie Weathermon and O. McPherson combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:37.04 ahead of Sheridan (1:38.92) and Campbell County (1:40.29). Burchi, Tayiah GravesSage Morton and O. McPherson gave Laramie a convincing win in the 4×100 free relay (3:35.31) to conclude the meet, besting Campbell County (3:43.08) and Green River (3:43.36).

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Treasure McPherson
5 years ago

Swimming World….Olivia is a Junior and it is her 3rd straight win in the 50 FR at state. ?