Record-setting week for swimmers, diversThe Raiders girls swim and dive team picked up dual meet victories over Simley and Menomonie and took first place at Saturday’s 10-team Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North while setting a number of school and meet records along the way.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
Last week was a busy, and record-setting, week for the Raider girls swim and dive team.
The Raiders picked up dual meet victories over Simley and Menomonie and took first place at Saturday’s 10-team Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North while setting a number of school and meet records along the way.
Devin Cicha set her second school record of the year in the 200 freestyle against Simley last Tuesday and broke the Raider record in the 500 freestyle Thursday against Menomonie before ending her week with a meet record in the 200 freestyle at the Husky Invite.
Hudson set two other meet records Saturday — one by Erika Guenther in the 200 individual medley and another by the team of Guenther, Natalie Wood, Abby Duerst and Cicha in the 400 freestyle relay.
Amanda Baker broke the Raider six dive record in the win over Simley and led a one-two-three Hudson sweep in diving against Menomonie before taking first place in Eau Claire.
The Raiders finished with a total of 290 points at the Husky Invite, nearly 100 more than second place Wausau East’s 198. Hudson posted a total of six first place finishes at the invite.
Cicha’s new meet record of 1 minute, 59.10 seconds in the 200 freestyle edged the old mark of 1:59.82 set in 2009, while Guenther’s time of 2:12.55 bested a six-year-old mark of 2:13.15 in the 200 IM.
Guenther, Wood, Duerst and Cicha ended the day with a meet-record time of 3:46.89 in the 400 freestyle relay. The old record was 3:48.43 set in 2009.
Guenther also took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.71 while Lindsey Bedford won the 500 freestyle in 5:43.48 and Baker took first in diving with an 11 dive score of 345.0.
Baker broke the Raider six-dive record for the second time this season in last Tuesday’s 104-71 dual meet victory over Simley, while Cicha set a new school mark of 1:57.88 to win the 200 freestyle.
Guenther took first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.7 and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.79 while Megan Haney placed first in the 50 freestyle in 26.82 seconds.
Weese won the 100 freestyle in 1:00.74 and Bedford won the 500 freestyle in 5:40.53.
In the relay events, Cicha, Haney, Guenther and Weese combined for a first place time of 1:58.9 in the 200 medley relay and Haney, Ellie Kiecker, Duerst and Wood won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.92.
Thursday in their 100-70 BRC dual win over Menomonie, Cicha led the way with a new school record time of 5:18.11 in the 500 freestyle. She also took first in the 200 IM in 2:18.37.
Duerst took first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.28 and Guenther won the 50 free in 25.03 seconds while Wood finished first in the 100 free in 59.3 seconds.
Cicha, Haney, Guenther and Weese teamed up for a first place time of 1:58.19 in the 200 yard medley relay, while Haney, Weese, Duerst and Wood combined for a first place time of 1:49.47 in the 200 freestyle relay.
In diving, Baker placed first with a score of 228.2, Kendall Tierney was second with 188.05 and Kiah Tulibaski finished third with 170.0.
The Raiders will travel to River Falls for a BRC dual with the Wildcats this Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday they will compete in the Simley Invitational.