Hudson swim and dive team going strongThe Raider girls’ swimming and diving team continued its strong season last week by winning a Big Rivers Conference dual meet at River Falls and placing first at the six-team Simley Invitational.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
Devin Cicha set a pair of pool records and the Raiders posted first place finishes in all but two events last Thursday, Sept. 29 at River Falls. Saturday, Oct. 1 in St. Paul, the Raiders won seven events on their way to winning the Simley Invitational by 70 points. Hudson finished with a total of 602 while Orono finished second with 532.
Erika Guenther won two individual events and swam on two first-place Raider relay teams at Simley, while Devin Cicha and Catie Weese were part of three first place finishes for Hudson Saturday.
Guenther won the 400 yard individual medley with a pool-record time of 4 minutes, 46.23 seconds, and took first in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.62. She also teamed up with Cicha, Megan Haney and Weese for a pool-record and winning time of 4:21.53 in the 400 medley relay, and combined with Weese, Natalie Wood and Cicha to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:51.13.
Weese won the 100 backstroke in 1:08.43 while Cicha took first in the 200 backstroke in 2:16.53. Weese added a second place time of 59.11 seconds in the 100 freestyle while Cicha was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:14.91.
Amanda Baker took first in the diving competition, leading all day and finishing with a score of 375.65.
Last Thursday at River Falls, Cicha set two new pool records and Guenther and Haney won two individual events each as the Raiders defeated the Wildcats, 111-75.
Cicha led a Raider sweep of the top three places in the 200 freestyle, taking first with a pool-record time of 1:58.67. Lindsey Bedford was second in 2:11.09 while Abby Duerst took third in 2:11.71.
Cicha’s second new mark came in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.76 seconds. Marissa Smith took third for Hudson in 1:00.84.
Guenther won the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.67 while Trisha Wood was second in 2:31.11. Guenther also took first in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.78 while Trisha Wood was third in 1:09.32.
Haney touched the wall in 26.6 seconds to win the 50 freestyle and 1:15.75 to win the 100 breaststroke. Natalie Wood was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.62.
Bedford led a one-two-three Raider finish in the 500 freestyle, winning with a time of 5:39.56. Duerst was second in 5:57.51 while Kayla Lorenz placed third in 6:07.47.
Weese also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:08.48.
In the 200 medley relay, Cicha, Haney, Guenther and Weese combined for a first place time of 1:59.34, while in the 400 freestyle relay, Guenther, Natalie Wood, Weese and Cicha teamed up for a first place time of 3:53.48.
Trisha Wood, Bedford, Kayla Parker and Smith gave the Raiders a sweep in the 400 freestyle relay with a second place time of 4:08.6.
Becker was the Raiders’ top diver, placing second with a score of 233.35, while in the 200 freestyle relay, Haney, Lorelle Kiecker, Duerst and Natalie Wood had the top Raider time, placing second in 1:49.91.
The Raiders will travel to Eau Claire North for a BRC dual meet Tuesday, Oct. 11, before hosting Chippewa Falls in the final dual meet of the season Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m.