The Lady Plainsmen Swim team is preparing to win back-to-back state titles.


In 2017 the LHS girls swim team won their first state title in 16 years.  The team won by a couple points in an intense last relay. This year they are hoping to win by a significant amount.


“We did win last year and that was great and super exciting, but a lot of us this year are hoping to win by a lot.  Last year it came down to the last relay and I think it would be nice this year if we knew by the middle of the meet that we are set to win,” senior swimmer Morgan Billington said.


The success of the swim team last year is not only credited to the swimmers, but Coach Tom Hudson as well.  


Hudson returns in his 28th year as the swim coach at LHS and won coach of the year in 2017.  

His coaching style and intensity are big factors to the success of the girls.  Hudson’s run two a days since their season started in mid August.


“He is pretty tough, but he is a great coach.  A lot of us are sick right now, but he likes everyone coming to practice as much as they can.  He makes the sets challenging, but it really helps us swim faster overall,” Billington said.


The Lady Plainsmen have had seven swim meets so far and won six out of the seven.  A big win for the team was at the South swim meet.


All of the schools attended the meet but the team still won by over 80 points.   Winning this meet was a great indicator of what the team can accomplish going into conference and state.  


Laramie has a huge team compared to other schools, having over 50 girls go out for swimming.  The new pool is a large factor for why so many girls went out for swimming.


“The new pool has made us a way stronger team.  People wanted to come out for swimming because the facility is so nice,” Billington said.  


The massive pool is used not only by the LHS swimmers, but because of how well built it is by the University of Wyoming swimmers as well. The pool has 10 lanes each 25 yards long.  Beyond that there are two warm up and cool down lanes. There are four springboards and two platforms.


The team’s next meet will be at home against Jackson, Rock Springs, and South on Friday, Sept. 24.  The following day they have another home meet against Evanston, Green River, and Jackson.


“Hopefully we will do well.  We are forecasted to win, but many people on the team are sick so we will have to see,”  Billington said.