Feb 20, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterA small contingent of Riverton Wolverine swimmers headed to Gillette on Wednesday with high hopes for the Wyoming State Swimming and Diving championships at the Campbell County Aquatic Center.
Senior Eli Horyza, swimming the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley, is Riverton's best hope for a top-six finals appearance.
As a sophomore, Horyza placed 12th in the consolation finals in the 200-yard IM and last year improved to place seventh.
"We talked about Eli swimming the 500-yard free (Horyza has qualified in every event) but we think he has a better chance in the fly and the IM. I think the IM is his best chance to make the finals," RHS head swim coach Jay Dayton said.
Also swimming two events at the state meet are Chade Hanson in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, Travis Fisher in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard backstroke, and Tyler Matson in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM.
"I think Chad, Tyler and Travis all have a shot to at least get into the at least the consolation finals in their best events," Dayton said.
Justyn Root will be Riverton's diving entry.
Baylor Beers and Ryan Murdock will round out the Wolverines and swim on relay teams at the state meet.
Last year, Riverton's state meet highlight was the 200-yard freestyle relay that broke a 16-year old school record and placed eighth. The team consisted of Thomas Pointon, Chade Hanson, Erik Horyza and Eli Horyza.
"I think we are ready. Our lineup is set," Dayton said.
The Class 4-A state meet begins Thursday with preliminary events. The finals are Friday.
Lander will be looking for its 17th consecutive Class 3-A title.
Prices to attend the meet are all-session adults $8 and students $5. Finals are $6 for adults and $4 for students, and preliminaries are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
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