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Look Back: Lander Valley Boys Swimming and Diving wins 25th consecutive state championship

Published: Mar. 13, 2021 at 1:14 AM CST
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LANDER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - There are few accomplishments as great as what the Lander Boys Swimming and Diving team has done over the last quarter century.

On February 20, the Tigers won their 25th consecutive state championship.

That means that 22 consecutive senior classes have graduated or will graduate as four-time champs.

At the start of the season, according to MaxPreps, the Lander Boys Swim and Dive team was tied in 73rd place for most state championships (with 27) of any high school sports team ever. Now the program has 28 titles.

Wyoming News Nows’ Abby Maidl spoke with five Tigers and asked them to reflect with the season now in the rear view mirror.

Below is each student athletes name, grade, and a quote:

Johnny Kulow, Junior, 3x Team State Champion:

“Two years before this were amazing, but being able to cap off the quarter of a century mile stone, [there’s] something different about it.”

Colton Wietzki, Senior, 4x Team State Champion:

“Obviously we won before but this year we had a bunch of great times our taper was amazing, just competition was a lot faster this year than all the other years.”

Brennen Blackburn, Junior, 3x Team State Champion:

“At state, it was a totally different environment [that what I was used to at my old school]. We’re not nervous, we’re more like hyped up and it’s super fun.”

Nolan McFadden, Junior, 3x Team State Champion:

“I got another year and, [we’re] going for 26, so obviously keeping this legacy going is a really big motivator.”

Benaiah Dolence, Senior, 4x Team State Champion:

“It’s tough sometimes, but it’s really good to teach you perseverance.”

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