There were no new names added to the state roster for the Jackson girls swim team over the weekend in Green River, but two names on the list of qualifiers came away with an extra event to take the boards in once the state starting buzzer goes off next month.
KC Macleod notched a qualifying mark in the 100-meter breaststroke, placing fifth in Friday’s portion of the Green River Duals in 1 minute, 18.43 seconds. The 100-meter breaststroke is her third event after meeting the mark in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races earlier this season.
“She has been working on her technique and race strategy in practice and was able to drop just over a second to get under the qualifying mark,” head coach Colleen Rossetti said.
Macleod wasn’t alone in bolstering her state repertoire. Brynne Hobart, who qualified in the 50 free a week ago, notched a qualifying time in the 100 free on Saturday in 1:00.93.
“She has been working incredibly hard at practice, and it is really starting to pay off,” Rossetti said. “She had times drop in all her races this weekend and stepped up big on the relays.”
The team results were bleak for Jackson, with a lone victory coming by way of a 109-70 dual score over Cheyenne East on Friday. In other duals, Jackson dropped to Cheyenne Central, Green River (twice) and Laramie.
“All [those] teams have multiple elite swimmers and divers,” Rossetti said. “This gives us some examples and perspective of teams we don’t see often and will not see until conference or state.
“We have spent the last three weeks competing against Laramie, one of the top teams in the state, and each time we learn more and more about ourselves and what we are capable of.”
The Broncs still have just one diver who has qualified for the state meet in Olivia Roberts, but her teammates are beginning to close in.
Roberts was stellar across both days, finishing fourth in Friday’s meet and returning Saturday to place third. Teammates Julia Mahood and Heather Budge were not far off, recording scores of 152.10 and 149.15 on Saturday, respectively, to give Jackson third, sixth and seventh places in the meet.
Jackson will be back at it later this week, returning to its home pool Friday for its lone home dual. The Broncs will then regroup and head for the Lander Scramble meet Saturday.