Jan 10, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterWith the season nearly halfway complete, the Riverton Wolverine boys swim team is amping up its training schedule and will compete in two meets in Cheyenne this weekend.
"We are swimming about 8,000 yards in both our afternoon and morning workouts on top of dry land work," RHS head swim coach Jay Dayton said.
The team is on on track after the Christmas holiday, according to Dayton.
"Last night we had a great practice, and tonight was better," Dayton said Wednesday.
Last week, the Wolverines competed in two meets in Park County. Riverton swam in the Cody Quad meet Friday and had several top-five finishers.
Eli Horyza placed won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.70 and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.52.
"He's our team captain and has really stepped into that role. He's doing a tremendous job with younger kids. It's powerful, and it's more than I can do. It's great to see that leadership," Dayton said.
Tyler Matsen took second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.67.
Travis Fisher placed fifth in both the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:07.77 and 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:48.25.
Baylor Beers placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:28.34 and Chad Hanson placed third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.34 and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.29.
Justyn Root scored 159.00 points in diving to place fourth.
As a team, Riverton placed fourth out of five teams with 205 points. The meet was won by Lander with 391 points.
Saturday, six teams competed in the Gene Dozah Invitational in Powell, where Riverton again had several top-five finishers.
Horyza continued his pool success with a win in the 200-yard individual medley with a personal best and near school-record time of 2:08.16. The senior also placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.35.
Fisher placed third in the 200-yard IM (2:21.30) and captured fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.12).
Root placed fifth in diving with a score of 159.35.
"He qualified in diving last year and is close to doing it again," Dayton said.
Chad Hanson again placed third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.68
Matsen placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.63 and swam a personal best time of 1:05.53 in the 100-yard butterfly, also good for a fifth-place result.
As a team, Riverton again placed fourth with 195.5 points, behind Lander (321), Buffalo (246) and Powell (211) and ahead of Worland (178.5) and Cody (100).
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