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Riverton swimmers welcome teams for two home meets

Dec 13, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The pre-invite meet Friday begins with the diving event at 4 p.m. and the invitational meet Saturday begins at 9 a.m. again with the diving event first.

Six teams Friday and 13 teams Saturday will travel to Riverton to compete in two high school swim meets at the Riverton Aquatic Center.

The pre-invite meet Friday begins with the diving event at 4 p.m. The invitational meet Saturday begins at 9 a.m., again with the diving event first.

During both meets, swimmers can enter up to four total events, two of which may be individual events. The top three finishers will receive medals, and the next three finishers will receive ribbons. The top three teams will receive plaques.

This will be their second weekend of competition for RHS.

Last week, Riverton traveled with 10 swimmers to Gillette for a relay meet Friday and a pentathlon Saturday.

"We had a great weekend," Riverton head coach Jay Dayton said.

Senior Eli Horyza qualified in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.56) during the 800-yard relay and in the 100-yard freestyle (52.16) during the 400-yard relay on Friday. His his "Q" times count because both were in the the first leg of each relay, according to Dayton.

The Wolverines finished eighth overall as a team on Friday.

On Saturday, Horyza qualified in four more events, the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.63), 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.70), 100-yard butterfly (59.15) and 50-yard freestyle (23.87).

"He had an even better day on Saturday. That's as fast as he's ever gone in the breaststroke and fly. He had a spectacular meet and ended up third overall in the pentathlon standings. He's been waiting for his senior year and is pretty stoked," Dayton said.

Horyza was not the only Riverton swimmer to qualify for the state swim meet during the meets in Gillette.

Junior Tyler Matsen qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.22), senior Chade Hanson qualified in the 100-yard freestyle (54.37), and freshman Travis Fisher qualified in the 100-yard backstroke ( 1:04.55).

Once his team gets to full strength, Dayton believes his team will have 17 swimmers.

Friday's team lineup includes Rock Springs, Evanston, Cheyenne East, Cheyenne Central, Gillette and Riverton.

Green River, Casper Kelly Walsh, Sheridan, Cody, Kemmerer, Pinedale and Rawlins join the field Saturday.

Lander's high school swim team usually chooses not compete in the Riverton Invitational meet.

The Wolverines received some unfortunate news and learned that they will swim this season without junior Eric Horyza, Eli's brother, a placer at the state meet last year. Eric Horyza will miss the season due to injury, according to Dayton.

"It just seems to be a bit too much for him. He's not going to be able to do it. He's a gifted swimmer and scores a lot for us. He had shoulder pain last year, but has some sort of problem in his shoulder that he cannot overcome," Dayton said.

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