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RHS finners welcome seven to home pool

Sep 13, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Seven high school girls swim teams from across Wyoming, including two of the top Class 4-A schools, will descend on the Riverton Aquatic Center this Friday and Saturday as the Riverton Lady Wolverines host two swim meets.

Friday's Riverton Pre-Invite meet begins at 4 p.m. Saturday's Invitational begins at 9 a.m. with the diving competition with swimming to follow. There is no admission charge.

Teams from Gillette, Green River, Sheridan, Rock Springs, Laramie and Riverton will swim in both meets and will be joined by Rawlins and Cody during Saturday's meet in what may be a smaller invitational meet than in recent years.

Jordan Settlemire continues to lead the Lady Wolverines and has qualified for the state meet in four individual events, and other Wolverine swimmers are also close to swimming "Q" times.

"We are very close with Echo Parker in the fly and even closer, just two-one hundredths of a second off in the backstroke. We are hoping to get those Friday night," Riverton Lady Wolverine coach Chad Fallin said.

Also shaving time off in recent meets has been Stephanie Joy, who is now within three seconds of qualifying in the 100-yard breaststroke after cutting two seconds off her personal best last weekend.

Fallin also expects Karissa Kister to continue working towards Q times in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.

"The girls all wanted to know if we could rest for the home meets, and I said, 'No, that's not where we are in the season.' But it will be a good look at a lot of the 4-A competition. We are going to keep working hard this week, but we will have enough in the tank to do a good home performance," Fallin said.

Unlike past years, there seems to be no clear Class 4-A favorite this year. Fallin expects Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East and Laramie to compete for the state title.

"Gillette has their work cut out for them. I am looking forward to state. It is going to be a fun, fun state meet. This weekend, coaches will be playing for what state might look like," Fallin said.

All events this weekend will be timed-finals according to Fallin.

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