Outlaws win first swim meet of the year
By Thorn Compton
RAWLINS — It was a close one, but the Rawlins High School swimming team eked out a victory on Friday in their first meet of the season, taking down Evanston 128-126.
Outlaws head coach De Shann Schinkel said it was great to see her team give all their effort in the first meet.
“What a great way to start off the season with a team effort win,” Schinkel said of her team’s defense of their home pool. “All the girls had a great meet, performing at their best with only two weeks of practice in the water.
“Honestly I was surprised by our performance Friday, Evanston is a strong 4A team and I was shocked we pulled out the close win.”
Amy Olson had the best night in the pool for Rawlins, finishing in first in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle. She was also part of the first place finishing 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
“Amy had a great weekend for us, she was close to some personal bests,” Schinkel said of Olson.
Also winning races for the Outlaws on Friday was Jordan Mendez in diving and Kaitlin McDaniel in the 100-yard Butterfly.
Haili Shepard took second in the 50-yard freestyle and diving competition, and Jazmine Bennett took home second in the 100-yard backstroke in her first competition as an Outlaw.
On Saturday Rawlins hosted a pentathlon, featuring 90 participants combined from Green River, Lyman, Douglas, Cody, Rock Springs and Evanston.
Olson finished 12th overall in the five events of the pentathlon, with Shepard and McDaniel as the next top finishers at 25th and 30th respectively.
“I thought McDaniel did a fantastic job this weekend, along with Olson and Shepard,” Schinkel said. “All the freshmen and sophomores who competed this weekend really stepped up as well.
Kysa Johansson and Taylor Novota were the only other girls to swim in all five events, as they placed 31st and 39th respectively
The Outlaws finished in sixth place as a team in the tournament, but that was mainly because only the top 30 scored points from participants in all five events were counted.
Mendez competed again in the diving portion, but to be considered for the win she had to do 11 dives but only had six prepared.
“She bettered her score for her six dives on Saturday and really did a good job diving the whole weekend,” Schinkel said of Mendez.
Next up for the Outlaws is their first road meet of the season in Lander, where they will face Lander, Lyman and Green River in a quad meet on Friday.