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Swmmers shine at RF, Simley Invite

Hudson freshman Lucas Rukavina swims the backstroke portion of the 200 medley relay in the Raiders' Big Rivers Conference dual meet at River Falls Thursday night. Rukavina, Zachary Dahl, Charlie Skinner and Jack Jorgensen combined for a first-place time of 1:48.60 in the event. Bob Burrows photo

Hudson senior Jay Skinner set a new River Falls High School pool record in the 500 freestyle and the Raiders took first in nine of the meet's 12 events on their way to a 110-75 victory over the Wildcats in a Big Rivers Conference dual Thursday night, Jan. 7 in River Falls.

Skinner pulled away from River Falls' Roland Pomfret to win the 500 free with a new pool record time of 5 minutes, 5.35 seconds. Pomfret was second with a time of 5:09.53.

Earlier in the meet, Skinner edged Pomfret by 1.8 seconds to take first in the 200 freestyle. Skinner touched the wall in 1:52.02 while Pomfret was second in 1:53.82.

Sophomore Charlie Skinner also won two events, taking first in the 200 individual medley in 2:08.31 and leading a Raider sweep of the top three spots in the 100 butterfly with a first-place time of 56.09 seconds. Robert Lorenz was second in the 100 fly in 1:01.13 while John Yates took third in 1:06.24.

Luke Wusterbarth won the 100 freestyle in 51.50 seconds with teammate Campbell Fall second in 54.47.

The Raiders swept all three relay events as well. Lucas Rukavina, Zachary Dahl, Charlie Skinner and Jack Jorgensen opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay by less than two-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:48.6.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Lorenz, Jorgensen, Wusterbarth and Jay Skinner edged River Falls by just over a half-second to win with a time of 1:37.22. Charlie Skinner, Jorgensen, Wusterbarth and Jay Skinner ended the meet by cruising to a first place time of 3:29.05 in the 400 freestyle relay, nearly nine seconds ahead of River Falls.

Dahl turned in the Raiders' top time in the 100 breaststroke, placing second in 1:09.88, while Jordan Mielke was the top Raider finisher in the 100 backstroke with a third place time of 1:13.8. Gabriel Dwyer took third in diving with a score of 105.6.

Saturday at the Simley Invitational in St. Paul, Jay Skinner won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:06.7 and took second in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.97 as the Raiders finished fourth at the seven-team event.

Rosemount, Minn., won the team title with 568 points followed by Simley with 442, Chippewa Falls with 393 and Hudson with 360. Orono, Minn. was fifth with 276 followed by St. Paul Central with 165 and Columbia Heights, Minn., with 66.

Jay Skinner boosted the Raiders' team score with a second place time of 1:51.24 in the 200 freestyle.

The team will host Rice Lake Thursday, Jan. 14 at the middle school pool, then travels to the Superior Invitational meet on Saturday, Jan. 16th at 1:30 p.m. They also go on the road to Stillwater HS on Tuesday, Jan. 19 for a 6:00 p.m. contest.

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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