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SHS swimmers jump up to third at state

SHERIDAN — Perhaps exceeding their already high expectations, the Sheridan High School girls swimming and diving team had a strong showing at the 4A Girls State swim meet in Gillette.

The girls 200-yard medley relay, swam by Emily Spiegelberg, Gretchen Dougherty, Mackenzie Dougherty and Payton Brilz, won a state championship by more than three seconds, breaking their own school record set earlier this fall. They swam 1:51.36 Saturday in the finals.

Spiegelberg, a senior, was also a state champ in the 100-yard backstroke, breaking a school record set in 2001 with a time of 58.72 seconds.

There were seven All-State finishes in all, including senior Brilz in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, senior Gretchen Dougherty in the 100-yard fly and 100-yard breaststroke, and Mackenzie Dougherty, a sophomore, in the 100-yard fly.

The Lady Broncs trailed Laramie in team points by one half-point entering the final race of the meet, and beat them by .2 seconds for a third-place overall finish.

“The work these girls put in all season really paid off,” coach Brent Moore said. “I can’t think of a team I’ve seen that tapered and showed up to race on championship day like this group did.”

Perennial contender Campbell County High School won the 4A team title with 280 points, and Cheyenne East came in second with 199.

Sheridan finished with 187, ahead of Laramie’s 184.5 points.

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