Wolverines host North 4-A swimFeb 9, 2012 By Craig Blumenshine Staff Writer
Five teams from the Wyoming Class 4-A North swimming conference will compete at the regional swim meet this Friday and Saturday at the Riverton Aquatic Center.
Although the top swimmers at the meet will be crowned conference champions, most of the athletes are still logging long yards in the pool, and will begin their taper, when yards per day will be reduced, a week or so before the state swim meet Feb. 24-25 in Gillette.
For Riverton, this meet will be another chance to qualify for those swimmers that are on the verge of making a state qualifying time.
"We have two guys that are just real close to qualifying. Clayton Murdock is just a second off in 200 free and two seconds off in the 500. Chade Hanson is just a few tenths off in that 50. We are working on his reaction time off that block," head coach Jay Dayton said.
Horyza qualifies for eight
Wolverine junior co-captain Eli Horyza is the only Riverton swimmer who has qualified for state in all eight individual swimming events and, co-captain senior Thomas Pointon, who has qualified in seven events, are the Wolverines' best chance for high finishes Saturday.
Eric Horyza and Tyler Matson are the other two Wolverines who have qualified in the state meet.
The meet begins with preliminary races and preliminary diving Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday's finals start at 10 a.m. There is no admission charge to attend the meet.
Riverton has four senior swimmers, Pointon, Murdock, Gaige Saunders and Matt McFall.
"We are pretty excited for conference. The neat thing is a lot of our lower-end swimmers are going to have a chance to make it to Saturday swims," Dayton said.