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Hudson Raider swimmers place second at Big River Conference Meet

Hudson sophomore Devin Cicha took first place in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 butterfly to help the Raider girls' swim and dive team to a second place finish at the big Rivers Conference Meet Saturday at the middle school pool. Photo by Bob Burrows

Hudson's girls' swim and dive team gave perennial conference powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial a run for its money Saturday before finishing second to the Old Abes at the 2012 Big Rivers Conference Meet at the middle school pool.

Sophomores Devin Cicha and Erika Guenther each won a pair of events and Hudson swimmers teamed up to take two of the top four sports in the 400 yard freestyle relay to help give the Raiders a total of 526.5 points.

"The girls did a great job," head coach Kelly Hackbarth said. "We had some personal best times, some of our best relay times all year, and a lot of great team spirit. Our girls have been working extremely hard and for most of them, it paid off on Saturday." 

Eau Claire Memorial clinched its ninth straight BRC title with 618. River Falls was third with 326.

Cicha won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 56.22 seconds, and the 100 butterfly in 1:01.02, while Guenther took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:08.33 and the 100 backstroke in 58.77 seconds.

Guenther's 200 IM time was over nine seconds faster than the second place finisher while she won the 100 backstroke by over two seconds.

Hudson had a number of second place finishes to boost their team score, including the 400 freestyle relay, where Cicha, Abby Duerst, Natalie Wood and Guenther combined for a time of 3:43.27. Hannah Manley, Marissa Smith, Ellie Kiecker and Nicole Berdusco combined for a fourth place time of 3:57.1 to give the Raiders two of the top four spots in the event.

Guenther, Wood, Cicha and Emilia Reynolds also teamed up to place second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.91.

Wood contributed a second place time of 26.03 seconds in the 50 freestyle and placed third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.29, while Trisha Wood finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.99.

Hudson had two of the top five divers with Kiah Tulibaski placing third with a score of 292.7 and Gina Coulter fourth with 285.45. In the 100 freestyle, Reynolds finished fourth in 58.29 seconds and Duerst was fifth in 58.47, while Duerst also added a fifth place time of 2:06.41 in the 200 freestyle.

Lindsey Bedford was Hudson's top finisher in the 500 freestyle, placing fourth with a time of 5:40.64, while the 200 freestyle relay team of Duerst, Kayla Lorenz, Kiecker and Reynolds finished fourth with a time of 1:47.88.

Hudson will host the WIAA diving and swimming sectionals this weekend at the middle school pool. Diving competition will be held Friday, Nov. 2, beginning at 5 p.m. with swimming scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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