The 400-meter relay team of (from left) Porter Laing, Joren Vipperman, Joseph Killpack and Bradley Fick finished 11th at state. (Courtesy photos)

Three top-12 individual finishes helped power the Cody boys swim team to 11th place at the 3A State Swimming and Diving championships in Laramie on Friday.

“It was a good finish for a young team,” coach Jason Koperski said. “Two of our biggest hot shots were a freshman and sophomore.”

Freshman Joseph Killpack earned the highest finish, taking ninth in the 100 back. His time was just off the school record. 

“I felt amazing about taking ninth in the backstroke,” he said. “I had tried my best and my efforts were rewarded.”

Sophomore Bradley Fick finished 11th in the 500 free.

“I cut six seconds in prelims and got 11th so I was pretty ecstatic about that,” Fick said. “And while I gained some time (in the finals) I feel that I gave it my all, and I’m looking forward to hopefully placing higher next season.”

Senior Porter Laing finished 12th in diving. He was sitting in seventh, when a missed dive dropped him down.

“He was doing great,” Koperski said. “On his final he tucked his chin too much and almost knocked himself out, getting a no score. It was disappointing for him but that’s diving.”

Lander won its 24th consecutive state title in the 12-team meet, with Powell second and Buffalo third. 

“I was proud of our performance at state,” Fick said. “With a team of our size it is hard to score points at state but everyone did very well.”

Anbo Yao and TC Hansen also swam individual events at the meet.

“Everyone shaved a ton of time,” Koperski said. “But everyone else in the state did the same so it was a fast meet.”

The 200 medley relay team of Killpack, Hansen, Fick and Joren Vipperman took eighth, moving up a spot from their prelims finish.

“I feel great about the relay,” Killpack said. “I think we moved up a place because we went into the race determined to beat Douglas so we went in with a killer instinct.”

The 200 free relay team of Dillon Romero, Yao, Trevor Freyder and Laing, and the 400 free relay team of Laing, Vipperman, Killpack and Fick, both took 11th.

“The relays did well, as we cut time and did some of our best relays at state, which is our perfect time to do it,” Fick said.

Koperski said he was happy with the season overall. Cody loses five seniors but will have a solid group of young swimmers returning.

“It was a great season,” he said. “They improved every single week which is all a coach can hope for.”

3A State Swimming

200 yard medley relay: 8. Cody (Joseph Killpack, TC Hansen, Bradley Fick, Joren Vipperman) 1:54.49.

200 yard free: 14. Fick 2:04.89.

200 yard IM: 14. Killpack 2:29.08, 21. Anbo Yao 2:37.31.

1 meter diving: 12. Porter Laing 241.85.

100 yard fly: 23. Yao 1:11.10.

500 yard free: 11. Fick 5:55.67.

200 yard free relay: 11. Cody (Dillon Romero, Yao, Trevor Freyder, Laing) 1:49.26.

100 yard back: 9. Killpack 1:01.69.

100 yard breast: 22. Hansen 1:14.84.

400 free relay: 11. Cody (Laing, Vipperman, Killpack, Fick) 3:54.82.

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