Laramie swimming and diving is known for its state championship meet pedigree. Another test comes Friday and Saturday in Gillette.

The Laramie Lady Plainsmen go in search of their first state title since 2001. It’s a crown that’s been dominated by Campbell County, who has won 19 of the last 25. With the split, the Camels are not among the top three favorites this weekend.

After winning the 4A East Conference Championship two weeks ago by 17 points over Sheridan, but Laramie head coach Tom Hudson considers the Broncs the favorite.

The veteran head coach sat down with KOWB’s David Settle to discuss the 2017 state meet, Laramie’s prospects and what it will take to get it done.

The Lady Plainsmen are led by sophomore Olivia McPherson, who is the defending champion in the 50 freestyle. She’s also considered a contender in the 100 free. Senior Maggie Clerkin (500 free), junior Teryn White (diving) and senior Kylie Campbell (diving) also have a shot at state titles. LHS will take shots at winning both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, as well.

Laramie heads into state with 23 qualifiers and has filled 38 of their 39 possible spots in the line-up.

The 4A diving prelims and semifinals begin at 3:30 Friday afternoon. The swimming prelims will follow 30 minutes after diving has concluded. The finals will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The 4A state meet is being held at the Campbell County Aquatics Center.

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