A relay, a record and a returning coach who’s inspired his young team to spend less time in the water (by swimming faster) and more time celebrating that.

“We had an amazing conference meet the past two days,” Jackson Hole High School swim and dive coach Jim Jenkins said on Sunday. “We had almost 100% time drops [Friday] and almost 100% time drops [Saturday] as well. That hardly ever happens. I am so proud of our whole team.”

JHHS swimming

Jackson freshman Amaya Olivieri swims to a big lead in the 100-yard butterfly at the 4A West Conference Swim and Dive Meet in Casper. Olivieri won the event with a time of one minute and 41/100ths of a second, 5.5 seconds ahead of the next finisher. Olivieri also won the 100-yard backstroke and swam a leg on the Broncs’ winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

JHHS swimming

Broncs swim and dive coach Jim Jenkins hugs senior Ari d’Arge after her final swim Friday at the 4A West Conference Swim and Dive Meet at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper. Jenkins, who returned this season to lead the program after serving as an assistant for four years, was named conference Coach of the Year at the meet after leading the Broncs to a third-place finish. He also was chosen to lead the new boys’ swim team. See the Sports section for more.

JHHS swimming

Kayli Genzer gets set for the 100-yard backstroke on Friday. The Jackson junior took sixth in the finals on Saturday and has qualified for the Wyoming 4A State Swim and Dive Championships in Laramie on Nov. 4-5 in that event as well as the 500-yard freestyle. She will also swim the backstroke on the Broncs 200-yard medley relay team at state. Jackson will take 11 athletes to the state meet, all but two of them underclassmen.

Contact Mark Baker at 732-7065 or sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor

Sports Editor Mark Baker grew up in a newspaper family in TrackTown, USA. He's reported for papers in Oregon, Washington, California and Alabama, but now makes his home at "The End of the Trail."

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Jaclyn Knori

Incredible job Lady Broncs! I am proud to see their hardwork and dedication pay off! Good luck at state! [smile]

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