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Wolverine swimmers head to Class 4-A state meet

Feb 23, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine Staff Writer

Five Riverton High School boys swimmers and a diver will compete in individual events this Friday and Saturday at the Wyoming high school Class 4-A swimming and diving state meet in Gillette.

Leading the way are the co-captains, senior Thomas Pointon and junior Eli Horyza, who both will be swimming in two individual events and are the Wolverines' best hope to make it to the finals on Saturday. Preliminary races will swim on Friday.

Pointon, who qualified in seven individual events, will swim in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.

"I'm feeling fantastic in the pool, feeling great. Not tired at all. I have a mindset that I am going to swim this as fast as I ever have before," Pointon said.

Pointon's goals are to swim a 1:51 in the 200-yard free and a school record 50.19 or faster in the 100-yard freestyle.

Horyza qualified in all eight events but will swim the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle at state.

"I definitely want to make the finals in the IM. I hope to pull something close to at 2:07 or 2:06. The taper worked just like it should have. I feel like i have a lot of extra energy," Horyza said.

Eli's brother Eric Horyza will swim the 50-yard freestyle, and Clayton Murdock will compete in the 200-yard freestyle. Wolverine Tyler Matson will swim the 100-yard breaststroke, and Justyn Root has qualified in diving.

The Wolverines also will send three relay teams to the blocks and, according to head coach Jay Dayton, the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay will have the best opportunities to score for Riverton.

The Horyza brothers, Pointon and Chad Hanson and possibly Clayton Murdock will compete in the freestyle relays.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Eric Horyza will swim backstroke, Matson will swim breaststroke, Murdock will swim butter fly and Hanson will anchor the team and swim the freestyle leg.

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