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Horyza gets win in Worland pool, sets RHS record

Jan 24, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The old record was set by his cousin nine years ago.

Move over, cousin.

Riverton Wolverine swimmer Eli Horyza stroked to a school-record time of 2:06.80 in the 200-yard individual medley, breaking the nine-year old RHS school record set by his cousin, Andy Samuelson.

Horyza set the record at an invitational swim meet at the new Worland pool last Saturday.

He has battled asthma throughout his high school career.

"I'm actually getting a really good handle on my asthma this year. I was having some big problems with it earlier in the season, but I had some serious talks with my doctor. He got me on some stronger controlling medication, and since then I have been improving way beyond what I imagined. It was definitely a goal that I set," Horyza said after setting the new school mark.

Horyza is just a second off his cousin's school record in the 100-yard butterfly as well.

"My butterfly is feeling really good this year, but butterfly is really stacked. There are a lot of fast butterflyers in the state right now. Coach Dayton thinks I should look at the 500-yard freestyle, and my time there is looking better and better," said Horyza, who has qualified for the state swim meet in all eight individual events.

The record-setting swim was also Riverton's only individual win in the 10-team meet that saw the Wolverines finish fourth with 184 points behind Lander (302), Buffalo (236) and Powell (213).

"We're loaded up with yards right now. Eli has been having a great senior year and has been working hard at practice. He gets faster and faster every week," RHS head coach Jay Dayton said.

Horyza, Riverton's team captain, also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.39 and anchored the winning 200-yard freestyle relay with fellow Wolverines Travis Fisher, Chade Hanson and Tyler Matsen.

Other top six finishers in the meet were Matsen in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.73) and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.41); Fisher, who placed fifth in the 200-yard IM (2:19.08) and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.45); and Hanson, fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (56.53) and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (25.36).

Justyn Root placed fourth in diving with 156.7 points.

"Tyler Masten picked up the 100-yard fly state qualifying time, and his 1:09 in the breast was his state time last year so he is swimming well," Dayton said.

Dayton added that he was pleased with Fisher's 2:19 in the IM and that Baylor Beers dropped time in his butterfly (1:09.17).

The Wolverines will suit up just nine swimmers at a home dual meet against Lander Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Riverton Aquatic Center. Seniors Hanson and Horyza will be recognized at the meet.

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