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Swimmers chalk up three meets, head north for another two this weekend

Jan 31, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

After a flurry of meets, the Riverton Wolverine swimmers begin to wind down their regular season in competition Friday and Saturday in Sheridan and Gillette.

It's been a busy week Riverton's swimmers

"Things are going fairly good right now. But we're traveling with (only) about a dozen swimmers and it makes it tough," RHS head coach Jay Dayton said.

The Wolverines have not picked up any new state meet swim qualifiers recently, according to Dayton.

Thus far, Eli Horyza, Chade Hanson, Travis Fisher and Tyler Matsen are Riverton's state qualifying swimmers, and Justyn Root has qualified in diving.

Riverton traveled to Rock Springs for duals Tuesday with Green River and Rock Springs.

"Rock Springs has a real solid team. They have a really good group of seniors," Dayton said.

Although team scores were not available, Matsen improved his personal best time in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming 2:06.72, good for third place.

Hanson grabbed third in the 50-yard freestyle (24.97), and Fisher was right behind in fifth place (25.01). Fisher also placed third in the 100-yard butterfly with a personal best time (1:02.26).

Horyza was Riverton's top finisher with two second-place swims, one in the 100-yard freestyle (52.14) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.77). Matsen and Hanson placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.30, 5:59.52).

The Wolverines had two relays that placed second, both behind teams from Rock Springs. The 200-yard medley relay team of Fisher, Matsen, Horyza and Hanson swam a 1:51.86, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Fisher, Baylor Beers, Hanson and Horyza stroked to a 1:40.18.

Riverton traveled to Pinedale last Saturday and placed fourth with 150 points behind Buffalo, Worland and Kemmerer.

Horyza grabbed second in the 100-yard butterfly (59.20) and second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.24), Hanson placed third in the 100-yard freestyle (55.92), Fisher placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.76), and Matsen placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.62).

Last Friday, Riverton swam in a small triangular meet in Lander. Horyza won the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.27) and placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (23.57), Hanson placed third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.54) and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (56.35), Matsen placed third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:47.03) and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.05), Fisher grabbed third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.82) and third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.10), and Beers placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:08.64).

After this weekend's meets, Dayton said his non-qualifying swimmers will begin their taper in practice and work to qualify at the 4-A regional meet at Kelly Walsh next week or the Last Chance Meet in Lander Feb. 14.

"Tyler (Matsen) is real close to qualifying in that 200-yard free and the 500-yard free.," Dayton said.

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