The Laramie Plainsmen Swimming and Diving team will be going for their sixth consecutive Class 4A state championship in the pool this weekend in Gillette.

Laramie heads to the state championships with 15 qualifiers and is in the role of favorite to win another title.

This would not only continue the current Class 4A streak for LHS, but it would be the first for new head coach Tamara Bretting.

She is looking forward to it.

“I’m just excited. They’re looking great, and they’ve been dominant all season. I just hope they can keep it together.”

Two of the team leaders are seniors, Josh Liu and Garrett Rees. KOWB’s David Settle had a chance to visit with them earlier this week. They discussed this being their last high school swim meet, trying to continue their winning ways at the state meet, some of the competition, and what it will take to win another title. That's in the video above.

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Bretting feels her squad has handled the pressure of being the favorite all season very well.

“They’ve been a great team. They work together. They don’t compete against each other; no ill will. They don’t fight. It’s been pretty awesome. They have great attitudes.”

Cheyenne Central, Sheridan, and Rock Springs are teams hoping that LHS slips up in Gillette.

Bretting feels the key for her team is to stay focused.

“I  try to predict what people are swimming for other teams and put our guys in the best places that will help the team but also will help them (individually). Some of them just have the desire to swim in certain events. They might swim something they’re ranked lower in just because that’s where their heart is, and that’s okay right now.”

Rees has the potential to win a sprint freestyle race. Lowden Ewers is considered a top candidate to win in distance freestyle, and Ronan Robinson will try to win on the diving board. Those are strong possibilities for individual titles, but Bretting feels good about some other chances, and she wants to win some relays, as well.

The Class 4A Wyoming High School Boys’ Swimming and Diving State Championships are Friday and Saturday at the Campbell County Aquatics Center in Gillette.

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