The Hastings High boys and girls swimming and diving teams faced tough competition at its own invite on Saturday. The boys team placed sixth with 205 points, and the girls were seventh with 64 points at the seven-team invite, but head coach Amber Hoffman was encouraged with what she saw.
“We had a really good meet. Every person that swam cut off time, which was really, really good,” Hoffman said. “We had some kids that were really close to making secondary times (for qualifying for the state met). They didn’t make it yet, but that’s OK. The best part was that everybody cut off time, every single person.”
Norfolk won the boys event with 644 points, while Columbus won the girls competition with 286 points.
HHS junior diver Tyler Wildasin, a returning state qualifier, led the boys with a third-place finish — tallying 157.4 points, just 4.6 behind top finisher Noah Miller from Scottsbluff.
“(Wildasin) is showing our new divers what they can do to better themselves in diving and he shows them what they can do in a meet to make themselves better,” Hoffman said. “He’s been doing well this year. We’re hoping he does a little better than he did. He didn’t do too hot, but he did pretty good.”