Shaved, tapered and ready to roll. That describes the Laramie Plainsmen ahead of the 2017 4A Boy’s State Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Plainsmen head to state with 14 qualifiers. They fill 23 out of a possible 36 total individual splashes in the meet, along with all three relays.

Laramie High School head coach Tom Hudson always believes in a certain regimen to get his squad ready for state and that’s what they’ve followed again this year. Hudson feels they’re still quite a ways back of Gillette for the team race; knows they’ll have some chances to win events; and understands this is a different team than LHS typically has at state.

The Plainsmen do not have a returning state champion in an individual event or a relay that looks to defend a title. Laramie took second at last year’s championships, but they were 50 points behind the defending champion Camels.

LHS enters off a strong regular season, as they went 15-2 in duals and finished among the top three in several invites. The Plainsmen also placed second at the conference championships in Laramie two weeks ago.

The two-day meet begins with diving prelims and semifinals at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Once that has concluded the swimming portion of the prelims will follow 30 minutes later. All 12 event finals will take place on Friday, Feb. 24 beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s state championships are being held at the Campbell County Aquatics Center in Gillette.

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