ROCK SPRINGS — Former Rock Springs High School swimmer Steve Larsen joins 11 other inductees who will enter the 2018 Rock Springs High School Hall of Fame this month.
A ceremony for the inductees takes place Saturday, August 25th at the Sweetwater County Events Complex. The banquet is open to the public and tickets are available at the Sweetwater County School District #1 Central Administration Building, Rock Springs High School and Bi-Rite Drugs.
SweetwaterNOW, in association with Tanner Family Dentistry, will be profiling the inductees over the next week as the ceremony draws closer.
The Hall of Fame location is in the main hall of Rock Springs High School.
A multi-screen wall with attached interactive programming will display the rich history of Rock Springs High School, as well as allow people to access the information on the internet.
The Hall of Fame inductee’s biographies will be accessible for viewing at all times along with pictures of memorabilia and footage of archives maintained by the Hall of fame committee.
Steve Larsen was born in Rock Springs on January 1, 1954 to Wilma and Ernest Larsen. He attended Lincoln Elementary, RS Junior High and graduated from RS High School in 1972.
He was District and State Swimming Champion in back stroke his senior year and he held the school record in back stroke for 12 years until Rick Fermelia broke it.
Steve also earned All State Band his senior year playing clarinet. He was awarded the JCS Athletic of the Year in Swimming his senior year.
Post High School Accolades
Steve was offered a swimming scholarship to Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota where he attended with friend and fellow swimmer Tommy Confer.
He was Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Champion his Freshman and Sophomore years in the 100 yards and 200 yard back stroke, and qualified for NAIA Nationals in 1973 & 1974. He was 12th in the nation in NAIA 400 Medley Relay.
On July 22, 1978 he married Rae Lynn McQuillan. They will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this summer.
Steve currently works for Bridger Coal Company as a Coal Haul Truck driver and blaster for the last 26 years. He previously worked for Questar and Black Butte Coal Co.
He has been a member of the Boilermakers Union for 26 years.
True Blue Poke Fan
Steve loves his Wyoming Cowboys and has traveled all over the country with Rae Lynn and her family to see the Cowboys play football in all their bowl games, NIT Final Four in basketball at the Madison Square Garden in New York City and basketball tournaments in Las Vegas.
He and Rae Lynn are also Denver Bronco fans and members of the Cowboy Joe Club. They enjoy the Upper Green River Valley spending time at the family cabin.
Steve is grateful for the many years of encouragement and guidance from mentor and Coach Tom Confer Sr.