Oct 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School swimmer Michaela Kechter qualified for the state meet Thursday in the 100-yard breaststroke during the Class 4-A North regional swim meet at the Riverton Aquatic Center.
Kechter's time in her event was 1:20.52. The time placed her seventh for Friday's consolation finals. Ilian Jones from Kelly Walsh had the fastest time with 1:11.11.
Kechter was the only RHS state qualifier from Thursday.
"Michaela had an exceptional swim," RHS coach Chad Fallin said. "We have been working on some turns, and she did an exceptional job at making that happen."
The finals and the consolation finals were Friday.
The finals include the first- through sixth-place finishers from the preliminaries, and the consolation finals are seven through 12.
"Thursday was a really great day for us," Fallin said. "We have girls in consolation or finals in every event, which was really awesome. That is when we will be able to score points in every event."
Teams in Riverton are Gillette, Sheridan, Kelly Walsh and Casper Natrona.
Jordan Settlemire had the best finish for the Wolverines in the first day in the 100-yard butterfly.
Settlemire finished third in her event with a time of 1:06.13. Gillette's Kelsey Ochsner clocked in at 1:00.13 for first.
"Jordan just did fantastic," Fallin said. "She swam her heart out and raced really hard. That was really cool. Friday is going to be another day. "
Settlemire, Kechter, Karissa Kister and Taylor Hill were second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:54.49).
Results from Class 4-A North preliminaries held at Riverton Aquatic Center
200-yard medley relay 1. Kelly Walsh, 1:56.09; 4. Riverton (Stephanie Joy, Michaela Kechter, Jordan Settlemire, Karissa Kister) 2:13.48.
200-yard freestyle -- 1. Julie Schmitt, Kelly Walsh, 2:05.13; 10. Elena Holguin, Riverton, 2:27.54; 14. Kassi Kister, Riverton, 2:36.78; 18. Dakota Nelson, Riverton, 2:53.05.
200-yard IM -- 1. Angella Perry, Kelly Walsh, 2:25.21; 3. Jordan Settlemire, Riverton, 2:26.09; 12. Michaela Kechter, Riverton, 2:45.32; 13. Stephanie Joy, Riverton, 2:46.89; 20. Rebecca Dwyer, Riverton, 3:47.21.
50-yard freestyle -- 1. Iliana Jones, Kelly Walsh, 25.64; 8. Karissa Kister, Riverton, 28.82; 10. Taylor Hill, Riverton, 29.29; 19. Astrid Cornelis, Riverton, 33.81; 21. Megan Thayer, Riverton, 36.37.
1-meter diving -- 1. Taysha Van Patten, Gillette, 232.75; 13. Taylor Hill, Riverton, 178.60; 15. Tia Gopp, Riverton, 160.80.
100-yard butterfly -- 1. Kelsey Ochsner, Gillette, 1:00.13; 3. Jordan Settlemire, Riverton, 1:06.13; 16. Kierra Muehler, Riverton, 1:27.29; 17. Rachel Murray, Riverton, 1:28.04.
100-yard freestyle -- 1. Julie Schmitt, Kelly Walsh, 56.70; 11. Karissa Kister, Riverton, 1:04.42; 15. Kelsey Bastian, Riverton, 1:12.32; 17. Astrid Cornelis, Riverton, 1:16.57.
500-yard freestyle -- 1. Larisa Jones, Kelly Walsh, 5:31.39; 7. Elena Holguin, Riverton, 6:50.98.
200-yard freestyle relay -- 1. Gillette, 1:50.13; 2. Riverton (Karissa Kister, Michaela Kechter, Taylor Hill, Jordan Settlemire) 1:54.49.
100-yard backstroke -- 1. Kelsey Ochsner, Gillette, 1:00.80; 8. Kassi Kister, Riverton, 1:19.59; 10. Rachel Murray, Riverton, 1:22.26; 14. Dakota Nelson, Riverton, 1:36.83.
100-yard breaststroke -- 1. Iliana Jones, Kelly Walsh, 1:11.11; 7. Michaela Kechter, Riverton, 1:20.52; 12. Stephanie Joy, Riverton, 1:25.55; 15. Tia Gopp, Riverton, 1:40.83; 17. Megan Thayer, Riverton, 1:42.54; 19. Rebecca Dwyer, Riverton, 1:43.88.
400-yard freestyle relay -- 1. Kelly Walsh, 3:52.82; 4. Riverton (Kassi Kister, Elena Holguin, Kelsey Bastian, Stephanie Joy) 1:14.32.
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