RHS boys busy in the pool; go north for two weekend swims

Feb 1, 2012 By Craig Blumenshine Staff Writer

Coming off a victory, the Riverton High School boys swimming team is in its busiest stretch of the season.

The Wolverines won Saturday's six-team Sublette Invite in Pinedale, outdistancing Kemmerer, Worland, Pinedale, Lyman and Rawlins.

The meet came down to the last relay, which Riverton needed to win to capture the team title.

"It's been awhile. Last year we were second at this meet. Going into the last relay, Worland had the lead with 207 points, Kemmerer was in second with 204 and we were in third with 203. The boys had to win it, and they did," head coach Jay Dayton said.

The team, consisting of Thomas Pointon, Eli Horyza, Chade Hansen and Clayton Murdock, beat Kemmerer by a seven-second margin.

"They went 3:40 this weekend. That is the fastest they have gone. We are real happy about that," Dayton said.

Friday, Riverton hosted a quad meet with Cheyenne South, Lander, Cody and Worland.

Pointon won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.6, and Eli Horyza won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:12.6 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:28.09.

Tyler Matson became Riverton's newest qualifier for the state meet. Matson qualified Saturday in the 100-yard breaststroke.

"He swam a 1:11.50 which is the exact qualifying time," Dayton said.

Riverton swam Tuesday afternoon at a meet in Green River. Pointon again won the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.04) and Eli Horyza won the 200-yard IM (2:10.95). Erik Horyza, who has struggled this year with a sore shoulder, stroked to a win in the 50-yard freestyle (24.21).

"Having Erik back has really helped us out. He went .2 faster in the 50-yard free," Dayton said.

Hansen placed third in the event.

"Chade went 25.18 last night in the 50-yard freestyle. That was his best time. He is getting there and is within .3 of qualifying in event," Dayton said.

This weekend, Riverton will travel to Sheridan Friday for a dual meet. On Saturday, the Wolverines will be in Gillette at a large invitational meet.

""Everything is a timed final (Saturday). Most of the teams from around the state will be there," Dayton said.

Eli (Horyza) in the 200-yard individual medley, and Pointon in the 200-yard freestyle have the best chance to finish in the top eight, according to Dayton.

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