Before the start of the Terry Bartlett Last Chance meet on Thursday, Ethan Hope wasn’t even sure he’d be able to swim. 

Feeling sick most of the day, Hope decided to see what he’d be able to do in the pool. What he did was cut time in every event he swam, including almost five seconds in the 200 free.

“It was painful,” he said of the race. “I felt sick but pushed through it with state coming up and it being Last Chance.”

Hope also swam the 100 and 200 free relay, cutting about a second in those. 

“I was surprised,” he said. “When I looked up at my times I was shocked.”

Hope wasn’t the only one to swim personal record’s Thursday. Coach Jason Koperski said everyone who participated swam a PR, although no one added a new state qualifying time.

Cody finished second in the meet to Powell, while Worland took third. 

“Everyone did awesome, especially all our freshmen,” Hope said. “They all swam so fast and I know next year we’ll probably all qualify.”

Senior Max Peters enjoyed his last time swimming at home, cutting time in his 50 free. 

“I felt good,” he said. “Cutting time was enough for me.”

He also swam the 100 back, one of his favorite events.

“That was the best part,” he said. “It’s the last time I’m doing the 100 back and I’ve been doing it since freshman year.”

The Broncs won six events during the meet – TC Hansen in the 200 IM, Joren Vipperman in the 50 free, Porter Laing in the 100 free, Peter Kim in the 500 free, and Dillon Romero, Bradley Fick, Laing and Vipperman in the 400 free relay.

Finishing second for Cody was the 200 medley relay team of Peters, TC Hansen, Fick and Vipperman; the 200 free relay of Romero, Ethan Hope, Anbo Yao and Trevor Freyder; Laing in diving and Hope in the 200 free.

Now the team prepares for the state meet Thursday and Friday in Laramie. 

“PRs are where it’s really at,” Peters said of the team’s goals for state. “I hope we get some of those.”

Hope agreed. 

“I want to push myself further than I’ve ever gone,” he said. “My goal is to PR in my events so I have a record to hold myself to next year.”

Terry Bartlett Last Chance

Teams: 1. Powell 77, 2. Cody 62, 3. Worland 19.

200 yard medley relay: 2. Cody A (Max Peters, TC Hansen, Bradley Fick, Joren Vipperman) 2:03.08.

200 yard free: 2. Ethan Hope 2:33.27.

200 yard IM: 1. TC Hansen 2:41.84.

50 yard free: 1. Vipperman 26.41, 3. Daniel Allen 26.85, 5. Dillon Romero 27.22, 6. Anbo Yao 27.34, 7. Peters 27.63, 11. Andrew Eissinger 28.29, 12. Trevor Freyder 28.67, 15. Tanner Barton 30.22, 17. Peter Kim 30.49, 18. Kyle Graham 31.66, 20. Helaman Hansen 34.28, 21. Andrew Thomas 34.50.

1 meter diving: 2. Porter Laing 307.90, 6. Fick 72.60.

100 yard free: 1. Laing 59.26, 3. Vipperman 1:01.34, 5. Eissinger 1:04.38, 7. Allen 1:05.71, 9. Hope 1:07.36, 10. Freyder 1:07.59, 11. Barton 1:11.56, 13. TC Hansen 1:16.11, 14. Thomas 1:26.48.

500 yard free: 1. Peter Kim 6:51.47.

200 yard free relay: 2. Cody A (Romero, Hope, Yao, Freyder) 1:54.69, 3. Cody B (Allen, Barton, Eissinger, TC Hansen) 2:00.20.

100 yard back: 6. Peters 1:18.91, 7. Graham 1:24.67.

100 yard breast: 4. Fick 1:21.63, 7. Yao 1:24.35, 7. Helaman Hansen 1:31.80.

400 yard free relay: 1. Cody A (Romero, Fick, Laing, Vipperman) 4:10.98.

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