Nov 4, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton High School swimmer Jordan Settlemire placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly at the state high school swimming and diving championships in Gillette Saturday.
Settlemire was the only Lady Wolverine to swim in either the finals or consolation finals at the meet.
Settlemire, a junior, was seeded fourth heading into the finals of the 100-yard butterfly after swimming a 1:03.86 during Friday's preliminary heats. She swam a 1:04.44 in Saturday's finals.
Settlemire, who had qualified for state in all eight individual swimming events, swam a 2:13.39 Friday in the 200-yard freestyle, which did not make the top 12 to qualify for a Saturday swim.
"I feel pretty good about it. I worked really hard this season, and state was a little different than I thought it would go. For the most part I'm really proud of the work that I have done this year," Settlemire said.
Last year, Settlemire also placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly and placed ninth in the 200-yard individual medley.
"Jordan ended fifth in a high-pressure meet. It was pretty cool to see her swim prelims and finals, and it was nice that she kept in the top five," RHS head coach Chad Fallen said.
Michaela Kechter, a sophomore, placed 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke with time of 1:18.63 during Friday's prelims. Kecther also swam in the 50-yard freestyle and placed 28th with a time of 28.68.
"Overall, the season was a success. We had some great times throughout the season. We were hoping for some extra-best times this weekend but didn't get there," Fallen said.
The Lady Wolverines' 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kechter, Kierra Muehler, Rachel Hutchinson and Settlemire placed 10th with a time of 1:55.03.
Riverton's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kister, Emily Kusel, Riley Thomas and Hutchinson also placed 10th with a time of 4:31.33.
Riverton's 200-yard medley relay team of Muehler, Kechter, Settlemire and Kister was disqualified during Friday's prelims.
Gillette won the meet with 280 points. Riverton placed 11th out of 12 Class 4-A teams with 22 points.
Gillette 280, Cheyenne East 199, Sheridan 187, Laramie 184.5, Cheyenne Central 140, Casper Kelly Walsh 107, Cheyenne South 86, Rock Springs 74.5, Evanston 71, Green River 30, Riverton 22, Casper Natrona 10.
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