Tara Joyce (center) stands on the podium after breaking her own record and winning the 200 freestyle at the 3A state swim meet Friday in Gillette.

Cody junior Tara Joyce broke her own 3A state record on Thursday in the 100 freestyle during the preliminaries of the 2021 state swimming and diving championships in Gillette. The next day she broke it again, in a time of 51.49, to cruise to a state title.

On Friday, Joyce also broke the state record in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.98. She won both events by a wide margin to lead the Fillies at state. Last year at state, Joyce won the 200 and 500 free.

She also anchored the 400 free relay team that finished third in 3:52.34. That team also includes Paige Bower, Elle Ortner and Kelsey Pomajzl.

Bower finished third in the 500 free in a time of 5:43.31. 

In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Joyce, Pomajzl, Greta Morgenweck and Ortner finished fifth in a time of 1:46.26.

In the 200 medley relay, the team of Bower, Mahayla Allred, Kelly Joyce and Morgenweck finished eighth in a time of 2:07.05.

Kelly Joyce made it into the B final of the 200 IM, finishing 12th in a time of 2:34.97.

Ortner finished 11th in the 50 free in a time of 27.39, Hailey Holeman reached the finals in diving, finishing 12th, Pomajzl finished 11th in the 100 butterfly in 1:09.47, and Allred finished 11th in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:16.91. 

Cody finished 6th as a team with 116 points in the 13-team event.

See Thursday’s paper for more on state swimming.

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