Update: Raider swimmers qualify for state in six eventsThe Hudson boy’s swim team will be well-represented at this weekend’s WIAA State Championships in Madison. The Raiders qualified for state in six events at last Saturday’s sectional meet at the Hudson Middle School pool.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider boys’ swimming and diving team qualified for this weekend’s WIAA State Championships in six events while setting three new school records and placing third as a team at the 11-team Division 1 sectional meet last Saturday, Feb. 11 at the middle school pool.
Eau Claire Memorial/North won the team title with 406 points followed by Chippewa Falls with 322 and Hudson with 288.5.
Senior Charlie Skinner and sophomore Willie Skinner each qualified for state in two events as well as members of the Raiders’ 200 yard medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. The WIAA Division 1 State Championships are scheduled for this Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.
The Raiders made a splash right off the bat last Saturday as sophomore Miles Townsend, sophomore Ross Wusterbarth, Charlie Skinner and Willie Skinner took second in the 200 medley relay. Not only did they qualify for state, but their time of 1 minute, 41.77 seconds is a new Raider school record, breaking the mark of 1:42.32 set by Charlie Klynderud, Robbie Lorenz, Charlie Skinner and Hunter Satterfield in 2008.
Charlie Skinner qualified for state in the 200 individual medley for the fourth straight year after placing fourth at Saturday’s sectional with a time of 1:57.64, just off his school record time of 1:57.2 set at last year’s sectional meet. He also earned a berth at state in the 100 butterfly with a second place time of 52.6 seconds
Willie Skinner won the sectional title in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 22.16 seconds, and took third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.69 to break the school record set by his brother Charlie earlier this year. He will be the only swimmer at state competing in both the 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
The Raiders third school record and final state-qualifier came in the 400 freestyle relay, where Willie Skinner, sophomore August Jorgensen, sophomore Sawyer Arndt and Charlie Skinner finished third with a time of 3:17.43. The foursome’s time breaks a longstanding school record set by John Cahoy, Brian Zeuli, Eric Olsen and Julian Welle in 1995.
Jorgensen just missed earning a trip to state in the 100 freestyle with a third place time of 50.42 seconds, his best ever, and finished seventh in the 50 freestyle with a personal best time of 23.36 seconds.
Arndt came up just short of state in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, placing fourth in both with personal best times of 1:52.22 in the 200 free and 5:07.12 in the 500 free.
Townsend earned a sixth place medal in the 100 freestyle with a personal best time of 51.53 seconds, and an eighth place award in the 100 backstroke with a career best time of 1:00.37.
Diver Hunter Frey finished third in Friday night’s competition to also come up just short of a bid to state.