Wolverines have solid weekend in waterJan 11, 2018 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Improvement in sports is sometimes a slow, arduous and even painful proposition.
However, if athletes stay the course with the required resolve, results will begin to come to fruition.
On Friday and Saturday in Cody and Powell, respectively, the Riverton Wolverines boys swim team took some very positive steps toward success.
First at the Terry Bartlett Invite in Cody, the Big Red splashers put together a second-place team finish, compiling an impressive 437.5 points in the team standings, trailing only Sublette County's total of 479.5 at day's end once all the wakes had subsided.
Head coach Jay Dayton had his club ready from the get-go, as the 200-yard medley relay team swam to victory with a time of 1:57.43, behind the efforts of Trystan Gorley, Nate Shroyer, Ashton Settlemire and senior Mathew Fisher, for 40 points right off the hop to begin the meet.
Fisher came right back with a victory in the first individual event of the day -- the 200-yard freestyle -- in a winning time of 2:07.97, for another 20 points, with teammate Michael Kraft right behind in second with an effort of 2:13.20.
The points kept piling up for Big Red in the 200-yard individual medley, as Brokk Nyberg finished fifth, with an effort of 2:36.70 (14 points), with Alex Williams in sixth (2:50.80, 13).
Drew Shroyer was third in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.68 for another 16 points, then Gorley won the 1-meter diving event, with 142.60 points and three more points-paying positions awaited in the 100-yard butterfly, as Settlemire (second, 1:05.83, 20), Nate Shroyer (fourth, 1:11.64, 15) and Ashton Shoopman (eighth, 1:48.42, 11) all added to the ever-growing Big Red haul for the day.
Kraft (1:01.58) and Gorley (1:01.58) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle, then Fisher won his second individual event of the day in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:50.64, with Trevon Stevens tied for second in 6:26.30.
Next was the 200-yard freestyle relay squad, with the quartet of Settlemire, Nate Shroyer, Gorley and Kraft, who was second in 1:45.10.
Riverton continued its strong effort all day, as Nyberg finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.00 and Nate Shroyer (1:11.44) and Settlemire (1:17.68) were one-two in the 100-yard breaststroke.
In the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Wolverines were third in 4:10.38, as Fisher, Kraft, Nyberg and Drew Shroyer finished off the day in style.
On Saturday, the Wolverines went up the road to Powell for the Gene Dozah Invitational and the field was a bit larger, but Riverton carried over the momentum gained the previous day, with a third-place team finish, posting 187 points, behind winners Lander (321) and runners-up Powell (309).
Gorley, Nate Shroyer, Settlemire and Drew Shroyer were fifth in the 200-yard medley relay at 1:59.50, then Nyberg was seventh (2:16.78) in the 200-yard freestyle.
Settlemire (2:24.23) and Nate Shroyer (2:26.35) were second and fourth, respectively in the 200-yard individual medley.
Fisher was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.35, then Gorley was fifth in diving (122.15) and Fisher finished third in the 100-yard freestyle (55.95).
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Riverton finished fifth in 1:45.63, as Nate Shroyer, Kraft, Drew Shroyer and Fisher finished in the points.
The day's final three events saw Settlemire (1:08.60) and Gorley (1:11.92) finish sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke, Nate Shroyer finish fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.36) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kraft, Nyberg, Settlemire and Fisher finish fourth in a time of 4:01.62.
Riverton will next compete in Worland on Friday and Saturday.