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Riverton girls set for state 4-A swim meet in Gillette

Oct 24, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Because high school swimmers can swim in just two individual events at state, Jordan Settlemire will enter the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard medley.

It's on to the Wyoming high school swimming and diving championships for the Riverton Lady Wolverine swimmers.

Jordan Settlemire, who qualified for the state meet in all eight individual swimming events as a sophomore, will lead Riverton when the team heads to Gillette for Thursday's and Friday's state meet.

Because high school swimmers can swim in just two individual events at state, Settlemire will enter the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley.

Fallin believes that Settlemire can make the finals in the 100-yard butterfly, where she enters the meet as the sixth seed with a 1:05.36 qualifying time.

"She and I talked about what is possible for her, and she has met me each time. She is a strong-willed swimmer and is a nice athlete to have," RHS head coach Chad Fallin said.

Fallin is heading to his seventh state swim meet as the Lady Wolverine swim coach.

"I always look forward to this time of season. We spend so long getting ready and into the intensity that the girls need to have, and now they are ready perform at the last moment. It will be exciting to watch them swim fast," Fallin said.

Settlemire will be joined by teammates Karissa Kister, who will swim the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, and freshman Michaela Kechter, who qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Echo Parker qualified in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke but won't be able to swim in the state meet.

Riverton will take additional swimmers to the meet to compete in relay events. Elena Holguin, Stephanie Joy, Kassie Kister, Rachel Murray, Taylor Hill and Astrid Cornelis will round out the RHS roster in Gillette.

Dave Toppenberg and Sarah Hughes are assistant coaches for the Lady Wolverines and will be with the team during Thursday's preliminary swims and Friday's finals.

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