The Lovell Middle School swimming team dove head first into the 2014 season hosting Powell in a dual meet Thursday and traveling to the Powell Aquatic Center for the Powell Invitational Saturday.
Thursday in Lovell, Richard Spann won both the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:44.2 and the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 38.23 seconds. Megan Cornia placed first in the 50-meter backstroke at 45.52 and Andrea Monterde and Anna Fuller took first and second in the 50-meter breaststroke with Monterde swimming a time of 46.45 and Fuller a time of 48.9.
Chris Lopez and Coy Trainor put together a 1-2 finish in the 50-meter freestyle with Lopez taking first at 34.3 and Trainor finishing at 37.5. Lopez finished second in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:21.4. The medley relay A team of Fuller, Monterde, Spann and Lopez won the 200-meter medley with a time of 2:38.8 and the 100-meter and the 200-meter freestyle A teams placed second. Swimming on the 100-meter team was Aden Mayes, Evan Toner, Myzek McArthur and Killian Lockner. The 200-meter team was composed of Lopez, Fuller, Cornia and Spann.
Powell won the dual meet 92-74 over Lovell.
On Saturday, Lovell traveled to Powell for the Powell Invitational with Worland, Cody and host team Powell participating. The meet was at the Paul Stock Aquatic Center.
Lopez placed second in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming in at 29.46. Trainor finished ninth at 34 seconds and Twitchell 10th, just three10ths of a second behind Trainor. Lopez also placed third in the 100-yard freestyle, with Trainor sixth, Twitchell ninth and Alea Mayes 11th. Spann placed second in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 33.17.
Aden Mayes placed ninth in the butterfly at 49.1 and 10th in diving with a score of 58.1. The 200-yard medley relay A team (Fuller, Monterde, Spann and Lopez) placed second at 2:22.2, and the 200-yard freestyle relay A team (Lopez, Fuller, Monterde and Spann) placed third at 2:12.52. Monterde placed third in the 50-yard breaststroke at 40.58 and Fuller finished sixth at 43.44 and Cornia seventh at 44.09. The Mustangs placed third with 189 points, 82 points behind Powell and 12 points ahead of Cody.
“The whole goal for us is to keep improving and better our times throughout the season,” Coach Jan Martin said. “I have a fantastic group of hard workers.”
The Mustangs will travel to Worland Saturday for the Worland Invitational at 10 a.m.
Martin is the head coach for the Mustangs, and assisting her is Kim Bernstein.
By Sam Smith