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Horyza's fifth-place swim top Wolverines at state meet; team places ninth

Feb 26, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Senior Eli Horyza was Riverton High School's highest individual placer at the Wyoming state high school swimming and diving championships Saturday in Gillette.

Horyza broke his own school record by more than two seconds in the meet's preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.20 before swimming a 2:05.33 in the finals, good enough for a fifth-place finish.

Horyza also swam a personal-best time of 57.03 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly before stroking to a ninth-place finish in the consolation finals with a time of 57.54.

Tyler Matsen, a junior, was Riverton's only other individual swimmer to advance to the consolation finals. Matsen shaved almost two seconds off of his qualifying time in the 100-yard breaststroke with a preliminary time of 1:06.21 before placing eighth overall with a finals time of 1:06.42.

Travis Fisher ended his freshman season 14th in the 200-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 2:15.13 and fifteenth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.09.

Senior Chade Hanson placed 18th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.07, also a personal best, and placed 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.64.

Sophomore Justyn Root placed 14th in diving with 202.30 points.

Riverton entered three relay teams in the state meet.

The 200-yard medley relay team of fisher, Matsen, Horyza and Hanson placed eighth overall with a time of 1:48.88. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Matsen, Ryan Murdock, Root and Baylor Beers placed 12th with a time of 1:46.65 and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Horyza, Fisher, Beers and Hanson grabbed ninth with a time of 3:33.90.

Riverton, coached by Jay Dayton and Shae Boyle, placed ninth in the 12-team state meet with 39 points.

Cheyenne Central won the state team championship with 264.5 points, Gillette was second with 246 points, and Laramie placed third with 198 points.

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