Swimmers to state in 7 events, right at home on podiumThe Raider swim team made the podium in 11 of 12 events at the sectional tournament and will advance six athletes to state. Hudson will be represented there in a total of seven events.
The Raider swim team made the podium in 11 of 12 events at the sectional tournament and will advance six athletes to state.
Hudson will be represented there in a total of seven events. While at sectionals, the team of Charley Klynderud, Hunter Satterfield, Robbie Lorenz and Charlie Skinner set a pool record in the 200 medley relay; the prior mark stood for 12 years.
Satterfield will represent the Raiders in Madison in diving and three swim events. Jay Skinner will also swim in four events. The state tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21 in Madison at the UW Natatorium.
The Raiders posted a third-place finish at the WIAA sectionals, held in the Hudson Middle School pool. The team finished behind only Eau Claire Memorial and Wausau East, and surprisingly ahead of very strong Chippewa Falls squad.
On Friday night, senior captain Satterfield got the team going right away with a state-meet qualifying 372.9 points in diving, finishing second and only five points away from a win.
The 200 medley relay team took that momentum into swimming on Saturday morning with their record-setting performance. “This clearly energized the team,” coaches said. Later, the squad learned this qualified three more team members for state. Junior Rob Lorenz and freshman Charlie Skinner gained personal records for their relay legs, along with seniors Klynderud and Satterfield. Collectively, this relay dropped 6.35 seconds from its previous best mark.
The 200 freestyle performance continued the success in the next event with an automatic state qualifying time. Junior captains Campbell Fall and Jay Skinner dropped virtually identical amounts of time – about 4.5 seconds — on their taper to grab podium spots.
Sophomore Jack Winter Jorgensen also raced strongly to score five important points for the team. Throughout the first half of the meet, Hudson held second place in the team standings ahead of Wausau East and Chippewa.
The 200 individual medley was another double podium showing. Charlie Skinner and Scott Weese also fed off of the momentum and posted big taper time drops — 4.28 seconds for a fourth place by Charlie Skinner and an even greater 6.46 seconds for sixth, coming from heat one, for Weese. Charlie Skinner later learned he had qualified for state as the third individual.
There were three more team-point scorers in the subsequent event, the 50 freestyle. Klynderud dropped his time by more than 1.5 seconds in the short distance. Sophomore Luke Wusterbarth and Senior Tyler Deis set personal records, continuing the streak of valuable team points.
In the 100 butterfly, Charlie Skinner borrowed from Weese’s playbook and came out of the pre-final heat to grab fourth with 55.26. This 2.64 second drop is under the 2008 state meet qualifying standards, but due to fast times around the state, is just out of state contention for this event. Lorenz recorded his best time this year to score team points.
Jay Skinner paced the Raiders — and Wusterbarth also got on the podium — in the 100 freestyle, while breaking the 50-second barrier and a third place that later qualified for state. Wusterbarth was eighth and Winter Jorgenson 16th.
In the 500 freestyle, Fall gave the Raiders podium representation in distance, by placing seventh.
Satterfield anchored the 200 freestyle relay to second place and a state trip. The team came within 0.62 sec. of the school record, held for several years by a John Cahoy-led foursome.
In the 100 backstroke, Klynderud broke the one-minute mark by more than a full second, becoming the first Raider since Steve Weese to do so. He ended up in third with 58.96
In the 100 breaststroke, Weese and Lorenz finished within 0.31 seconds of each other at 1:09.32 and 1:09.62 respectively. Both drop more than 2.5 seconds on their taper.
The 400 freestyle relay, in the last event, also goes to state. They were viewed as the most likely to advance, needing to drop just 2.21 seconds over 400 yards to meet last year’s state qualifying time of 3:26.18. The relay team left it all in the pool, collectively dropping six seconds, to become the final state qualifier in the 400 freestyle relay at state. The relay finished a strong fourth, just over one second behind Memorial and 10 seconds ahead of fifth-place Eau Claire North.
Each of the team members scored points, as they did at the conference meet in the prior week, and 18 of 21 performances recorded personal records. Virtually all of those were the largest time drops of the year, in a season where such improvements were frequently seen at meets.