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RHS splits events with Lander swimmers; Tiger depth pays off
Jan 31, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Four Riverton Wolverine swimmers closed out their home careers Thursday night against the Lander Tigers at the Riverton Aquatic Center.
The seniors for the Wolverines are Erik Horyza, Tyler Matsen, Adrian Cook and Tyler Camsey.
Class 4-A Riverton won six of 12 events to turn in a strong showing vs. the 3-A Tigers, who have won 17 straight state 3-A state championships.
"The other seniors mean a lot to me," Matsen said. "It's really cool to see Tyler. He is working as hard as he can. He going 25 minutes in practice. He is dropping times almost every week. Adrian and Erik are both working hard. It's real special to have the senior class all love swimming as much as we do."
No team scores were kept. Lander entered 27 swimmers in the dual, while Riverton had just nine.
"It's always tough to get motivated to go against Lander because they have an enormous team," RHS coach Jay Dayton said. "This year, we are down in numbers. We almost pulled out seven. I'm really happy with how we did to take half of the vents."
In the final event of the dual, Lander's Drew Gramlich out-touched Matsen in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Matsen and his teammates had a time of 3:41.76, and the Tigers were clocked in 3:41.46.
Matsen was joined by Travis Fisher, Erik Horyza and Baylor Beers.
"It was hard, but Drew is a really fast guy," Matsen said. "It was really cool to race him in the final 100 yards."
Matsen knew it was going to be a photo finish for the top spot in the race.
"We did the best that we could because of the quick meet and little rest," Matsen said.
Matsen won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.61. The breaststroke was the second-to-last stroke in the dual.
"The breaststroke is a really competitive race," Matsen said. "I expect to be the top six at state. I'm nervous, but I can't wait to see what my times are, and my teammates.'"
Matsen said it has been a blast for the four years representing the Wolverines in the pool.
"You get to hang out with a lot of cool guys," Matsen said. "We have some fast guys. For most of us it has gone really well. We are having a great season."
Matsen has been a to leader for Dayton.
"Tyler is doing a real nice job competitive wise," Dayton said. "He has been competing in the top six in 4-A all season long. He in leading our team because he gives everything that he has. The younger guys are following that."
RHS competed at the Lander Invitational on Friday.
The Wolverines are in the Pinedale Invitational Saturday.
Horyza took a year off last year with shoulder problems.
This season, Horyza is a dangerous swimmer again in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
Horyza claimed the top time in the 50-yard freestyle (23.28).
"Erik has been working hard this year," Dayton said. "He is a talented swimmer. He is a big strong kid. He has the experience of swimming in the younger years in the swim club. That carries through."
Camsey took over at least over 20 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle to post a time of 5:39.06.
The senior had a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle (2:32.94).
"Tyler works extremely hard in the pool," Dayton said. "If you can measure effort, it's right there with the other guys. Our team sees what he is doing, and he motivates them."
Cook shaved off more than a minute in the 500-yard freestyle.
"Adrian is coming around," Dayton said. "He is on the verge of becoming a great swimmer."
Cook was clocked in 7:06.12.
Riverton's 200-yard medley relay of Fisher, Matsen, Horyza and Beers were timed in 1:51.12 to take the top spot.
The same four swimmers captured in the 200-yard freestyle relay at 1:38.64.
Justyn Root won the 1-meter diving competition for the Wolverines. Root scored 168.50 points. Andrew Fallin from Lander had 159.25 points.
"Justyn was nice surprise for us," Dayton said.
Fisher finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02).
For the Tigers, Gramlich placed first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.28).
Justin Ellsworth won the 200-yard individual medley (2:29,94) and Griffith Leemon in the 100-yard freestyle (55.22).
Tucker Russell also tasted first for the Tigers in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.1).