Dec 19, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterA small team contingent of Riverton Wolverines went on the road to Gillette Friday and Saturday and qualified for the state meet during their first weekend of swimming competition.
Senior Erik Horyza, who sat out last year because of injuries, bounced back to qualify in the 50-yard freestyle (23.97), 100-yard freestyle (54.03), 100-yard backstroke (1:04.71) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.66) to lead Riverton.
Sophomore Travis Fisher swam first-week "Q" times in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.23) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.93).
Tyler Matsen's 100-yard breaststroke time (1:07.55) also met state qualification standards.
Friday, the RHS boys swam in the Gillette relays, and participated in the Gillette Pentathlon the next day.
"We did really well. I didn't take a lot of guys, and we don't have that big of a team. But the guys that went did a wonderful job and surprised me," Riverton head coach Jay Dayton said.
Romelo Cortez, Jonathan Gunther, Baylor Beers and Tyler Campsey also made the trip to Gillette.
During Friday's relay meet, the team of Fisher, Beers, Horyza and Matsen swam to a third-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke relay (1:59.13) and the same team of relay swimmers finished fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:52.87). Overall in the relay meet, the Wolverines finished ninth with 52 points. Kelly Walsh won the meet with 310 points.
On Saturday, Matsen's fifth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and Horyza's seventh-place swim in the 100-yard butterfly were Riverton's only top-10 finishes in the individual events of the pentathlon meet where swimmers could compete in all seven events.
Official team scores for Saturday's meet were not available, but Dayton said Riverton finished the meet in sixth place.
This coming Friday and Saturday, the Wolverines host two home meets. Friday's pre-invite meet begins at 4 p.m., and Saturday's Riverton Invitational starts at 9 a.m. Riverton swims its home meets at the Riverton Aquatic Center. There is no cost to attend.
"We should pick up a couple more swimmers this week. We should have 10 for this weekend," Dayton said.
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