EHS swimming and diving second at Evanston Invite

Red Devil senior Jaxon Nicholls helped lead his team to a second-place finish at the Evanston Invitational last weekend, winning both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke in state-qualifying times. (HERALD PHOTO/Don Cogger)

Led by a pair of wins by Red Devil senior Jaxon Nicholls, the Evanston High School boys’ swimming and diving team made quite a splash at last weekend’s Evanston Invitational, placing second in the seven-team event.

Rock Springs took the top spot in the event with 245 points, followed by Evanston with 211. Rawlins was third with 187 points, Green River was fourth with 185 points and Lyman rounded out the top five with 171 points.

The Red Devils won four events on the day, with Nicholls taking the top spot in both the 100 butterfly (57.67) and 100 backstroke (57.03), with state-qualifying times in each. Hunter Jensen won the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:05.83, while the 200 medley relay team of Nicholls, Jensen, Jaxson Daniels and Jamar McDowell won the event with a time of 1:52.17. Jensen also placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:17.88).

Other notable performances included Eli Wilson in the 500 freestyle (3rd, 6:25.03), Kyler Hogman in the 100 breaststroke (3rd, 1:12.50), Eric Hughes in diving (7th, 219.75), Porter Hall in the 200 freestyle (11th, 2:26.54) and McDowell in the 50 freestyle (11th, 26.71).

The 200 freestyle relay team of Nicholls, Jensen, Braddock Brown and Hogman finished fourth with a time of 1:49.72; the 400 freestyle relay team of Hall, Wilson, Daniels and McDowell finished fifth with a time of 4:04.86.

The Red Devils are back on the road this weekend, taking on some heavy competition at the Cheyenne Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Evanston Invitational

Rock Springs 245, Evanston 211, Rawlins 187, Green River 185, Lyman 171, Sublette County 164, Kemmerer 131

200 Medley Relay

1. Jaxon Nicholls, Hunter Jensen, Jaxson Daniels, Jamar McDowell 1:52.17

200 Freestyle

11. Porter Hall 2:26.54, 17. Kenyon Lovato 2:35.31, 20. Quinn Stokes 2:43.72, 21. Draiman Nebeker 2:45.32

200 IM

3. Hunter Jensen  2:17.88, 6. Kyler Hogman 2:38.29, 9. Jaxson Daniels 2:40.86

50 Freestyle

11. Jamar McDowell 26.71, 14. Gavin Brannin 27.91, 17. Forest Hengesteg 28.48

1 Mtr Diving

7. Eric Hughes 219.75, 8. Wyatt Sawyer 212.60, 9. Jordan Wellin 209.90, 10. Jeran Welling 198.15

100 Butterfly

1. Jaxon Nicholls 57.67, 7. Jaxson Daniels 1:06.58, 18. Kenyon Lovato 1:41.74

100 Freestyle

16. Forest Hengesteg 1:08.40, 17. McCoy Vozakis 1:10.32, 26. Brigham Johnson 1:32.12

500 Freestyle

3. Eli Wilson 6:25.03

200 Freestyle Relay

4. Jaxon Nicholls, Hunter Jensen, Braddock Brown, Kyler Hogman 1:49.72

100 Backstroke

1. Jaxon Nicholls 57.03, 10. Gavin Branning 1:14.04, 11. Jamar McDowell 1:14.06, 13. Porter Hall 1:14.54, 24. Quinn Stokes 1:30.47

100 Breaststroke

1. Hunter Jensen 1:05.83, 3. Kyler Hogman 1:12.50, 10. Wyatt Sawyer 1:20.52, 11. McCoy Vozakis 1:26.18, 18. Draiman Nebeker 2:08.53

400 Freestyle Relay

5. Porter Hall, Eli Wilson, Jaxson Daniels, Jamar McDowell 4:04.86, 10. Forest Hengesteg, Kenyon Lovato, Quinn Stokes, Gavin Branning 4:39.75

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