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Swimmers second at BRC Championships
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The Raider girls' swimming and diving team took second at the seven-team Big Rivers Conference Championships Saturday in Chippewa Falls.


Eau Claire Memorial won the conference title with 573 points followed by Hudson with 402 and River Falls with 380.

The Raiders will host a WIAA Division 1 sectional this weekend at the middle school pool. Diving competition will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 with swimming set for 1 Saturday, Nov. 7.

Last Saturday in Chippewa Falls, Noey Anderson, Catie Weese and Lindsey Bedford all won individual conference titles to lead the Raiders to a second place team finish.

Anderson won the conference title in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 19.06 seconds, over six seconds ahead of second place Meghan Johnson of Eau Clare North. She also placed sixth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.95.

Weese had nearly a two-second margin of victory in the 100 freestyle, winning with a time of 57.52 seconds. Chelsea Slater of Eau Claire North was second in 59.23. Weese was also the Raiders' top finisher in the 50 freestyle with a third place time of 26.6 seconds.

Bedford won the 500 freestyle by almost 10 full seconds, touching the wall in 5:29.34. Nikki Martinez of Rice Lake was second in 5:38.76.

Bedford was also the Raiders' top finisher in the 200 freestyle with a fourth place time of 2:07.61. Melly Meyer added a fourth place time of 2:29.03 in the 200 Individual medley and took sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:17.47 while Emily Bedford finished sixth in the 100 butterfly in 1:08.89.

Amanda Baker led the Raider divers with a fifth place score of 281.75.

Fifteen teams will compete at this weekend's sectional with the winner of each event, as well as the next 18 top performances from all six sectionals moving on to the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships Nov. 13-14 in Madison.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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