Swimmers, divers swamp PolarsDevin Cicha and Erika Guenther set new school records and the Raider girls’ swim and dive team posted nine first place finishes on its way to a 100-75 victory over North St. Paul in the home opener at the middle school pool last Tuesday, Sept. 6.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
Devin Cicha and Erika Guenther set new school records and the Raider girls’ swim and dive team posted nine first place finishes on its way to a 100-75 victory over North St. Paul in the home opener at the middle school pool last Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The victory gives the Raiders a 2-0 nonconference dual record heading into Thursday night’s (Sept. 15) Big Rivers Conference opener at Eau Claire Memorial.
Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said she’s thrilled with the team’s start to the season.
“They are all doing really great,” she said. “The girls are so nice and work so hard. I have been extremely impressed with all of them.”
Cicha won a pair of individual events and swam the opening leg on the Raiders’ first place 200 medley relay team against the Polars. The freshman won the 100 freestyle with a new school record time of 53.99 seconds and the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 59.19 seconds. In the 200 medley relay, she teamed up with Megan Haney, Guenther and Catie Weese for a first place time of 1:57.86.
Guenther’s school record came in the 50 freestyle, where she touched the wall in 24.92 seconds. She was followed in the event by teammates Natalie Wood in second in 26.95 and Weese in third in 27.36.
Trisha Wood also turned in two first place finishes for Hudson, winning the 200 individual medley in 2:31.47, and the 100 butterfly in 1:10.64.
Lindsey Bedford led a Raider sweep of the top three places in the 500 freestyle, winning the event with a time of 5:39.52. Abby Duerst took second in 5:49.66 while Kayla Lorenz was third in 6:02.25.
Duerst was also second behind Cicha in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.92 while Bedford was third in 2:10.07.
In the diving competition, Amanda Baker was first with a score of 198.55 while Kendall Tierney finished third with 151.55.
The other Raider first place finish came in the 200 freestyle relay, where Haney, Bedford, Duerst and Natalie Wood teamed up for a time of 1:51.86.
Weese came in second to Cicha in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00.63 and Haney was third in the 100 butterfly in 1:15.39 while Ellie Kiecker took third in the 200 individual medley in 2:42.35.