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Riverton hosts 4-A North swim regional

Oct 10, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Sophomore Jordan Settlemire has been an all-around swimmer in the Class 4-A classification this year for Riverton High School, qualifying for state in a number of events.

Settlemire has earned state marks in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

Settlemire and her RHS swim teammates showcase their skills Thursday and Friday at the Class 4-A North conference meet at the Riverton Aquatic Center.

"The great thing about Jordan is that she is cool under pressure," RHS coach Chad Fallin said. "She will be able to go out and swim a best time this week. She is such a competitor."

Swimmers at regionals are allowed to compete in two individual races and two relays. Settlemire is in the 100-yard butterfly. Fallin said Settlemire's second event still hasn't been decided.

"She is really a good butterfly swimmer," Fallin said.

After the preliminaries, the finals are for the first through sixth placers. The consolation finals are for placers 7-12.

Settlemire will need to beat a Kelly Walsh swimmer in the race for the top spot in the butterfly.

"Her competition is with Kelly Walsh in the butterfly," Fallin said. "Jordan beat the Gillette girl at Sheridan last week. I think that she is going to fight hard to be in the top six. I'm hoping for a top-three finish."

The 4-A North regionals start with the diving competition at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The swim warmups for the preliminaries are at 3:30 p.m., with the events starting at 4:30 p.m. The finals Friday start at 9 a.m.

"Hosting regionals is always a good time," Fallin said. "We have a great facility. It's nice to be in our own pool and swim fast in front of the home crowd. It's always a great mental advantage to be working from home. You know what the walls are like and what the starts are like."

There is no admission charge for regionals.

"We have plenty of room, and we have fast water," Fallin said. "That makes a big difference. We have a great staff that makes the meet run. "

North conference

Gillette, Sheridan, Kelly Walsh, Casper Natrona and the Wolverines are in the Class 4-A North conference.

"I would say we are going against the top two teams in 4-A in Gillette and Kelly Walsh," Fallin said. "Gillette fields a great team every year. Kelly Walsh has been really strong this year."

Fallin wants the Wolverines to challenge Sheridan for the third spot.

"We got close to Sheridan last week," Fallin said. "We hope to get closer to them this week. I'm excited to see what our swimmers can do."

Riverton swimmers

Senior Taylor Hill is close to qualifying for state in the diving competition.

"She has been doing some great work this week," Fallin said. "I'm looking for a good performance for her."

Divers get11 dives at regionals.

"The dives that she has, she is going to have to make them perfect," Fallin said. "She has been working on some others that have a higher degree of difficulty."

Senior Karissa Kister is carrying the load in the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle. Kister has qualified in the 100-yard freestyle and is seconds away in the 50-yard freestyle.

"I'm looking for her to drop time on Thursday to make state," Fallin said.

All the regional teams will have one team in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Fallin looks forward to Riverton's 200-yard individual medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

"They are going to be pretty fast," Fallin said.

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