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Two RHS girls swimming individual events at state; two relay teams as well

Oct 31, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Jordan Settlemire and Micala Kechter will be Riverton High School's representatives in individual events at the Class 4-A Wyoming swimming and diving championships that get under way Friday in Gillette.

Settlemire, a junior, qualified in all eight individual swimming events but can only swim in two at the state meet. She has the third-fastest qualifying time entering the meet in the 100-yard butterfly and also will swim the 200-yard freestyle, where she will be seeded eighth.

"I am very excited for her, and she has been swimming very well. But she hasn't had her best time in fly. She's ready to swim an amazing time," Riverton head coach Chad Fallin said.

Kechter, a sophomore, qualified 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke and also qualified in the 50-yard freestyle.

"What was really impressive is that she took more than a second of her time in the breaststroke, and she hasn't swam her best time either. She has been fighting hard. It has been great to watch her learn how to compete," Fallin said.

Swimmers will compete in preliminary events Friday to advance to the finals and consolation finals Saturday. The top six swimmers will compete in the finals, and the next six in the consolation finals.

"Both swimmers have a good chance to be swimming Saturday," Fallin said.

Riverton has organized its workouts to be of high intensity with lots of rest to maximize taper. RHS also will send three relay teams to compete at the state meet.

Swimming in the 200-yard medley relay will be Kierra Muehler in backstroke, Kechter in breaststroke, Settlemire in butterfly and Kassi Kister in freestyle.

Settlemire, Kechter, Muehler and Rachel Hutchinson will make up Riverton's 200-yard freestyle relay team.

In the 400-yard freestyle relay will be Hutchinson, Kister, Riley Thomas and Emily Kusel.

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