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Four RHS swimmers, plus relay teams head to 4-A state swim meet in Gillette

Feb 27, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Four Riverton Wolverine boys swimmers will compete in individual events at the Wyoming Class 4-A swimming and diving state meet Friday and Saturday in Gillette.

Travis Fisher swims the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke, Tyler Matsen will challenge in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke, and Erik Horyza will swim the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.

All three qualified in multiple events by exceeding state standards, but they are limited to two individual events in the state meet.

"I think Tyler, Travis and Erik all have the capability to reach finals," Riverton head swim coach Jay Dayton said.

Justyn Root qualified and will compete in diving.

Riverton also fields three relay teams that can include non-qualifying swimmers.

The 200-yard medley relay team and 400-yard freestyle relay team will consist of Fisher, Matsen, Horyza and Baylor Beers and the 200-yard freestyle relay team will consist of Beers, Adrian Cook, Justyn Root, Adrian Cook and John Gunther.

The team has worked its way through its training taper and has a lot of energy and positive attitude heading to the state meet, according to Dayton.

Cheyenne Central and Casper Kelly Walsh are favorites to win the state meet, Dayton said.

Class 4-A preliminary competition Friday begins at 3:30 p.m., and finals are set for Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

Riverton is coming off a third-place finish two weeks ago in the Class 4-A North swim meet.

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