EVANSTON — Two Lady Red Devils qualified for the state meet in their first time out at last week’s double dual in Rawlins.
Rachel Buzarde qualified in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.99 seconds. The state qualifying mark is 28 seconds. Buzarde also met the state qualifying time of six minutes, 10 seconds for the 500-yard freestyle with her 5:57 time in the distance event.
Team newcomer Addy Fernandez, who was a state qualifier for Rock Springs last season as a freshman, will attend the state meet for Evanston in 2018. Her time of 1:09.35 in the 100-yard butterfly is faster than the state standard of 1:11.00.
In team scoring, Evanston defeated Rawlins, 118-57, but fell to Rock Springs by 20 points, 99-79. Rock Springs also bested Rawlins, 118-57.
Lady Red Devil swimming head coach Kate Schmidt was overall pleased with her squad of 11’s performance in Rawlins on August 24.
“We had two girls qualify for state in our first competition and most everyone equaled or surpassed their career bests. We’re coming along nicely,” she said.
While swimming cannot be scouted in the same manner as other sports by viewing film on the competition, Schmidt was asked about the Jackson team Evanston will host at 4 p.m. today at the Davis Middle School.
“I know they have a ton of girls out for swimming and they will be very deep in certain events. We will have to swim our best times to compete with their depth,” Schmidt affirmed.
The team will turn right around and hit the road for the Girls’ Varsity Invitational in Green River beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.1.