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Swimmers edge River Falls in Big River's Conference meet

Hudson junior Hanna Van Valkenburg swims to a third place finish in the 200 yard individual medley at the Raiders' Big Rivers Conference dual meet at River Falls Thursday night. Van Valkenburg picked up three points in the event to help the Raiders defeat the Wildcats, 93.5-92.5. Photo by Bob Burrows

Every point counted for the Raider girls' swimming and diving team Thursday in its Big Rivers Conference dual meet at River Falls.

The Raiders won eight of the evening's 12 events, but the score remained close throughout the meet. In the final event of the night, the team of Ebonee Townsend, Kayla Lorenz, Megan Haney and Ronni Schoenherr picked up two crucial points in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4 minutes, 12.32 seconds.

That performance, along with a first-place time of 3:54.80 in the same event from Catie Weese, Emily Bedford, Lindsey Bedford and Noey Anderson, gave the Raiders a 93.5 to 92.5 victory over the Wildcats.

"Although we had a rough start to the meet, the girls were determined to make up for it," head coach Kelly Hackbarth said. "We had some strong races ending with many perfect finishes to get us back our lost points."

Lindsey Bedford, Weese and Anderson won two individual events each for the Raiders.

Lindsey Bedford won the 200 freestyle in 2:06.00 while Emily Bedford was second in 2:07.70. Lindsey also won the 500 freestyle in 5:27.64 while Lorenz was second in 6:04.34.

Weese won the 50 freestyle in 26.7 seconds and the 100 free in 58.0 seconds, while Anderson took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:21.98 and the 100 backstroke in 1:06.14. Emily Bedford added a first place time of 1:04.76 in the 100 butterfly.

Amanda Baker boosted the Raiders' team score with a second place total of 178.5 points in diving, while Melly Meyer contributed a second place time of 1:18.26 in the 100 breaststroke.

Anderson, Meyer, Emily Bedford and Weese also combined for a second place time of 2:03.07 in the 200 medley relay while Meyer, Lindsey Bedford, Haney and Townsend teamed up to take second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.83.

"This is a big win for us, knowing what a strong team we faced," Hackbarth said. "I am very happy with where the girls are right now."

Saturday the Raiders traveled to Eau Claire North and finished third at the 10-team Husky Invitational. Apple Valley took first with 224 points followed by D.C. Everest with 214 and Hudson with 174.

Lindsey Bedford turned in the Raiders' only individual title of the day, winning the 500 freestyle in 5:30.54. Weese placed second in the 50 free in 26.5 seconds and third in the 100 free in 57.6 seconds while Anderson was third in the 200 IM in 2:20.08.

The Raiders will host Rice Lake Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the middle school pool and compete at the Simley Invitational Saturday.

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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