The Laramie Plainsmen swimming and diving team continues to roll along, as they prepare to wrap up their regular season this weekend.

Laramie is coming off a 3-0 performance at the Gillette Duals last weekend. The Plainsmen got a huge win over Kelly Walsh last Friday, 95-91. They won only four events. Dylan Bressler placed first in diving. Mace Spiker-Miller won the 100 butterfly race, while Loden Ewers touched first in the 500 freestyle, and Josh Liu won the 100 breaststroke.

Head coach Tom Hudson compared the KW win to a dual last week against Cheyenne Central, where the Plainsmen tied the Indians.

“It was back and forth throughout the entire meet. A little different against Kelly Walsh. They won all three relays. We were just able to prevail on our depth, a little bit better in the distance events, primarily.”

Hudson admits the boys’ team race at state looks to be really close in Class 4A. He still considers the Trojans as the favorite with Laramie and Cheyenne Central right there.

Laramie also defeated Thunder Basin, 84-66, and Campbell County 147-27, last Saturday.

The Plainsmen are now 18-0-1 in duals this season.

Hudson feels good about his team a week before the conference championships.

“We’re on the right track… I think we’re in good shape; pretty healthy; we’ve got a couple of things going on, but we should hopefully be good by conference.”

LHS will host Green River, Rock Springs, and Sheridan on Friday for a triple dual. The meet starts at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Laramie swims Campbell County, Kelly Walsh, and Thunder Basin again in duals. That meet will begin at 9 a.m.

Hudson added, “I like what we have coming up. It’s a good test for our team.”

Laramie will host a conference meet next weekend.

Laramie Nordic Skiing

It was a good showing last Saturday on the home trails during the Laramie Invite for the LHS Nordic Skiing team.

The Plainsmen placed four in the top seven of the 7.5 km skate race.

Tristan Smith finished runner-up by just under three seconds. Emmet Shuman took fourth, while Emmitt Gray and Ted Rittle placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Laramie girls’ had two of their best finishes of the season. Eliza Fay was sixth and Isa Naschold took 10th place.

No team scores were kept at the Laramie Invite.

LHS Nordic Skiing is off from any high school competition this weekend. They return to action at the Lander Invite on Feb. 5 and 6.

Laramie Wrestling

The Plainsmen have gone 2-2 in duals over the past week of competition.

Laramie was 2-1 at the Lander Dual Invite last Saturday.

The Plainsmen lost to the host Tigers, 52-27. They would defeat Cody, 47-42, and Riverton, 58-21.

Last Tuesday night, LHS had their final home dual of the season. They took on the Natrona County Mustangs on Senior Night.

The Plainsmen were short-handed for various reasons and were open at five weights. That gave the Mustangs 30 points. NC also had four wins by fall and defeated LHS, 61-13.

Laramie received a major decision from Gavin Kopp at 182 pounds with a 14-5 victory. Dakota Ledford won at 126 with an 8-5 decision. The other points came from a forfeit victory.

The Plainsmen were scheduled to attend the Ron Thon Wrestling Duals on Friday, but head coach Stuart Brinkman told KOWB that they are, “not going due to various circumstances.”

The Plainsmen are 14-11 this season.

Laramie Alpine Skiing

Both LHS squads placed fifth in the team standings at last weekend’s Kelly Walsh Bruce Studer Invitational on Casper Mountain.

Isabelle Spivey was the top finisher on both days of racing for the Laramie girls. She took 11th in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom.

The Plainsmen were led by Tim Considine, who finished in 15th place in the giant slalom. Ashton Ford has the best effort in the slalom with a sixth-place showing.

Laramie is back on the slopes this weekend at the Cody Invite. That was moved from Red Lodge, MT to Casper because of a lack of snow at Red Lodge. The Cody Invite is Friday and Saturday at Hogadon Basin Ski Area.

Laramie Indoor Track

The LHS Indoor Track teams are off from official any competition for the second straight weekend. They will be heading to Gillette next Friday, Feb. 5.

Laramie Basketball

Both LHS teams are still in quarantine. They are scheduled to return to action on Feb. 5 at Thunder Basin and Feb. 6 at Campbell County in Gillette.

The games at Cheyenne East have been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 with girls’ varsity at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ varsity game at 7:30 p.m. at Storey Gym. The games at Cheyenne South have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 with the boys’ varsity at 6 p.m. and the girls’ varsity game at 7:30 p.m.

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