SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School’s Dana Weatherby, who changed into her brand-new swimsuit just before her 400-meter freestyle Friday, stood behind the blocks bound and determined to hit her state-qualifying mark. Head coach Brent Moore relocated from his usual spot on the west side of the Sheridan Junior High School pool to the east side in an effort to give Weatherby a coach on each side, motivating her to keep pace.
Weatherby not only kept pace, but shattered her personal best, completing the race in 5 minutes, 21.94 seconds to officially book her spot at the state meet in a few weeks.
“I was really happy,” Weatherby said. “I was crying out of joy because the monkey is off the back.”
Moore shared a similar level of excitement.
“That’s why you do it,” he said. “You want every kid to have that moment where they’re pumping their fist at the end of the race.”
Sheridan enjoyed a collective fist pump at the conclusion of the dual as it defeated Kelly Walsh 100-78.
Friday marked the Lady Broncs’ final home meet of the season, meaning three decorated seniors said goodbye to a program they’ve left a significant mark on. Taylor Baldacci, Piper Carroll and Jadyn Mullikin made the most of their final home meet as all three logged multiple first-place finishes.
“The way teams cycle through, where you have a really talented group and you just ride that, these three are the back half of the (state) runner-up team we had last year,” Moore said. “… We are losing three more kids that are on our (record) wall, and that’s a big deal.”
Baldacci won the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter butterfly, clocking in at 2:38.77 and 1:10.41, respectively. Carroll touched first in the 200-meter freestyle and the 50-meter freestyle with times of 2:13.33 and 28.58, respectively. Mullikin topped the field in the 100-meter backstroke, recording a time of 1:07.53.
All three aforementioned seniors teamed up with Zoe Robison to win the 200- and 400-meter freestyle relays, clocking in at 1:55.03 and 4:29.25, respectively.
Robison added first-place finishes in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke with times of 1:03.95 and 1:20.59, respectively.
Alecia Thoney chipped in a victory in the 1-meter diving, logging a score a 218.65.
Foreign exchange student, Francesca Bonelli, also swam her last home race as a Lady Bronc.
The Lady Broncs make the quick trip east to battle the Gillette schools Saturday.