Girls swimming state was in Gillette, Wyoming this past week on Nov. 8-9.

The Laramie Lady Plainsmen have won the state swimming championships for three consecutive years in a row, the first time any Lady Plainsmen swim team has done so since the teams inception in 1972.

One swimmer by the name of Sage Morton had a very eventful state meet setting a new state record in the 500 freestyle and winning the 200 Freestyle as well as swimming on two state championship relays.

“State was a lot of fun and the team did really well overall,” Morton said. “I had my mind set on breaking the record for almost a year now so I’m really happy I got that.”

Morton has been a top contender for state champion in the 500 Freestyle ever since she moved to Laramie from Cheyenne East High School.

“Coming here my sophomore year from East was challenging but I’m very glad I moved here and set the new record two years later,” Morton said. 

The previous record set by Sani Carsrud of Gillete three years ago was 5:07.01. Morton’s new state record is 5:03.00, hitting the previous one out of the ballpark.

“Now my focus is on sectionals, which happens in March,” Morton said.

One of the coaches of the Lady Plainsmen Swim Team, Tamara Bretting, was present at the state meet.

“We won by 140 points, so that was awesome,” Bretting said. “I think my favorite part was going one, two, three in the 500 free and winning all three relays for the first time in history for Laramie. Also having two state champions, Olivia McPherson and Sage Morton.”

Bretting also stated that the trip up to Gillette was slow going seeing as the team leaves a day early.

“We usually leave a day early and get up there to the hotel in order to just familiarize the girls in the environment of where they’re going to be for the next two and a half days,” Bretting said. “We go to the pool to do a quick warm-up the night before prelims and then the next morning the team shaves down. Divers usually get to the pool before we do and by the time we get there they’re ready to go.”

Prelims ended late this year at approximately 8 at night, so the Lady Plainsmen had to get to bed early for finals the next morning.

“Finals started at 10 A.M. Saturday morning and ended pretty quick at 1 P.M.,” Bretting said.

The Lady Plainsmen won the Wyoming 4A State Swimming Championships for the third year in a row, making it the first 3-peat in the Lady Plainsmen’s history.