CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Jon Wiebe set a school record in the 50-yard freestyle on Saturday, and Noah Miller captured an automatic state-qualifying mark in diving to highlight the Scottsbluff/Gering swimming and diving team’s performance in the tough Cheyenne Invite.
Wiebe, a senior who already ranked as one of the top sprinters in Nebraska, broke the school record while leading off the 200 freestyle relay. His time of 21.88 seconds surpassed the previous school record of 22.00, set by Zach Chain a few years ago.
“He’s worked on his start the last two weeks quite a bit and has done some turn work, and that really paid off today,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said. “In the 50 free, you just can’t make any mistakes. So to get his start [and turn] down to where he wants it, I was really pleased with how he put all of that together in his race.”
Interestingly, Wiebe managed to set a record despite not feeling his best. He’s been battling an illness for about the last week, and he still wasn’t 100 percent Saturday. He didn’t let that keep him from excelling this weekend, though.
His leadoff performance in the 200 freestyle relay helped the Seacats place 10th with a time of 1:44.10. Also on the relay were Christian Eubanks, James Maag, and Colin Maag.
Wiebe also enjoyed a superb showing in the individual 50 freestyle, taking second place with a time of 22.03 seconds. He added a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 50.43.
Miller, meanwhile, also had a big day, earning an automatic state-qualifying mark in his first 11-dive meet of the season. He scored 312 points, which was 12 points more than the state’s automatic total. He ended up placing fifth.
“I thought he looked pretty good,” Hayhurst said. “This was a meet where he got up at 4:30 [Saturday morning] to go over there, so it wasn’t the greatest situation in the world. But he still came through and performed really well against some pretty solid competition.”
The Scottsbluff/Gering boys also recorded a 10th-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The foursome of Wiebe, Eubanks, Baylen Smith, and Zach Puckett finished in 3:51.91.
In the 200 IM relay, Scottsbluff/Gering’s team of Smith, Hunter Scow, James Maag, and Puckett ended 11th in 2:08.10.
In the team scoring, Scottsbluff/Gering placed 10th with 51 points. The Seacats competed without a handful of swimmers who were sick, including four of their top six, so because of that, their focus Saturday was on posting solid times individually versus piling up points as a team.
Hayhurst said he liked how things turned out.
“I thought the kids swam well. They competed hard, and they supported each other really well,” he said. “Every major team in Wyoming was there, so the competition was really good. But I thought our kids stepped up and did well.”
Cheyenne Central 248, Rock Springs 213, Campbell County 207, Laramie 200, Casper Kelly Walsh 155, Green River 77, Riverton 77, Cheyenne East 71, Evanston 54, Scottsbluff/Gering 51, Sheridan 18, Cheyenne South 17, Casper Natrona 6.