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Wolverine swimmers end year at state

Feb 26, 2012 - Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Riverton High School was represented well at the Wyoming high school Class 4-A swimming and diving championships Friday and Saturday in Gillette.

Overall, the Wolverines placed ninth in the meet with 49 team points.

Gillette won the state title with 250 points. Cheyenne Central was second with 209, and Laramie finished third with 185.

The highlight of the meet for Riverton was the 200-yard freestyle relay that broke a 16-year old school record and placed eighth. The team consisted of Thomas Pointon, Chade Hanson, Erik Horyza and Eli Horyza.

"They went 1:34.58 and broke a 16-year-old school record and almost broke the school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay," Riverton head coach Jay Dayton said.

Individually, Eli Horyza was Riverton's top finisher with a consolation championship, seventh place overall, in the 200-yard individual medley.

"We were just really pleased that he went 2:09. He has his sights set on the school record of 2:07.5 (held by his cousin Andy Samuelson) and hopefully next year he can take care of that one," Dayton said.

Eli Horyza also placed 10th in the 100-yards freestyle with a person best time of 51.53.

Senior Thomas Pointon placed 11th in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle with times of 51.42 and 1:54.41, both personal bests.

"Thomas always gives everything he has. We'll miss him," Dayton said.

Sophomore Erik Horyza swam to a 10th-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a personal-best time of 23.67.

Sophomore Tyler Matson swam in the 100-yard breaststroke but did not make the consolation finals despite swimming a personal best 1:09.38.

Justyn Root, Riverton's only freshman, competed in diving.

"He knows what is ahead of him. He's just a freshman. The experience is worth everything to him," Dayton said.

There were six new state records set during the meet according to Dayton.

"This was the fastest Class 4-A meet in Wyoming that we have ever had. We've never seen it that quick," Dayton said.

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