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RHS mid-pack at invite
Riverton High School swimmer Eli Horyza finished second in the 50-yard freestyle Saturday at the Riverton Invitational. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

RHS mid-pack at invite

Dec 20, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Wolverines will travel to Lander for a previously unscheduled dual meet this Friday.

The versatile Eli Horyza raced to a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle sprint with a personal-best time of 23.44 and a third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, again with a personal best of 5:23.57, to lead the Riverton Wolverines to a seventh-place team finish in the Riverton Invitational Saturday at the Riverton Aquatic Center.

Friday, Horyza placed second with a time of 2:09.58 in the 200-yard individual medley in a pre-invite meet.

Horyza, a senior, has now qualified for the state high school swim meet in all eight events with most of the season still to swim.

The Wolverines will travel to Lander for a previously unscheduled dual meet this Friday. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Lander Community Swimming Pool. Riverton will also compete during the holiday break in Laramie on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Freshman swimmer Travis Fisher continued his early season success and has now qualified for the state meet in four events including the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly at the 14-team Riverton invite.

"He's a talented freshman, and I think he will do real well on this team. He has a bright future. He reminds me a lot of Eli (Horyza) when he came in as a freshman," RHS head coach Jay Dayton.

Fisher swam in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.81, almost four seconds under his seed time, earned him a seventh-place finish Saturday.

Chade Hanson, who qualified for the state meet in the 50-yard freestyle Friday with 24.76 swim, placed 12th in the 100-yard freestyle Saturday with a time of 55.88.

Tyler Matsen placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.74 Saturday to also score team points for the Wolverines.

Class 4-A powers Cheyenne Central, Gillette, Rock Springs, Kelly Walsh and Laramie placed one through five in the team standings of the Invitational meet Saturday.

During Friday's pre-invite meet, Gillette's Collin Baldacci set two Riverton Aquatic Center pool records in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.61 and the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.67.

The Wolverines are swimming about 7,000 yards each day as they continue to build fitness, according to Dayton.

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