New coaches guiding RHS girls swim team after strong '16 effort

Aug 17, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

A new coach greeted her new team Monday morning at the Riverton Aquatic Center. First-year coach Kelce Eckhardt, along with assistant coach Chris Collins, began two-a-day practices with the Riverton High School girls swimmers in preparation for the team's first meets in Lander next Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Wolverines will try to duplicate last season's late- season fireworks which found the squad surprising state swimmers event after event and winning two Class 3-A relay state championships.

Returning state champion senior Kaylie Gopp and state runner up sophomore Josie Dike, along with state qualifiers seniors Aspen Treber and Jordan Lewis, will be the Lady Wolverine leaders, but thin numbers may prevent Riverton from having needed depth.

"It's way too early to tell (how the year will play out). We have a lot of leaders in the pool, and we're waiting for Kaylie, Aspen and Jordan to pick up the team," Collins said.

Also out for the team this year are seniors Caitlin Beddard, junior Syonia Jordan, sophomores Cheyenne Bryan, Meeghan Healy, Betty Hiatt, Mary Hiatt, Morgan Masson and Savana Whitehurst and freshmen Ashlyn Bookless, Winder Ridgley and Daycee Vroman.

"We have a couple of new girls on our team and, after they get into shape, will pick up the slots that we need," Eckhardt said.

Riverton hosts its first home meets Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2, at the Riverton Aquatic Center.

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