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Swimmers win Superior invite

Hudson freshman Caleb Yeske swims the butterfly portion of the 200 individual medley in the Raiders' Big Rivers Conference dual meet against Rice Lake Thursday at the middle school pool. Yeske finished second in the event to teammate Charlie Skinner as the Raiders went on to a 131-30 victory. Bob Burrows photo

Jay Skinner and Charlie Skinner each won two events and the Raiders had two of the top five finishers in six different events on their way to taking first place at the four-team Head of Lakes Invitational in Superior Saturday.

The first place finish came two days after Hudson rolled to a 131-30 Big Rivers Conference victory over Rice Lake.

The Raiders visited Stillwater, Minn., for a dual meet on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and will compete in the Old Abe Invitational at Eau Claire Memorial Saturday, Jan. 23 before hosting Chippewa Falls in the final home dual meet of the season Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Las Saturday in Superior, Jay Skinner won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 52.97 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:10.94, while Charlie Skinner took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:06.75 and the 100 butterfly in 56.34 seconds to help the Raiders to a first place finish.

Hudson posted a total of 449.5 points to take first while Duluth was second with 375. Superior finished third with 304.5 followed by Rice Lake with 161.

In addition to their first place individual finishes, Jay and Charlie Skinner teamed up with Luke Wusterbarth and Winter Jorgensen for a first place time of 3:30.8 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Hudson had three of the top four finishers in the 200 freestyle. In addition to Jay Skinner's first place time, Lucas Rukavina took third in 1:57.71 and Campbell Fall was fourth in 2:00.89.

The Raiders also took three of the top four spots in the 500 free with Jay Skinner first, Caleb Yeske second in 5:22.31 and Fall fourth in 5:39.68.

Yeske gave Hudson two of the top three finishers in the 200 individual medley with a third place time of 2:23.52 while Robbie Lorenz took fifth in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.55 to give Hudson two of the top five spots in that event.

The Raiders had three swimmers in the top five in the 100 freestyle. Wusterbarth finished second in 53.16 seconds, Jorgensen was third in 55.37 and Conner Satterfield took fifth in 57.13.

In the 100 backstroke, Rukavina finished second with a time of 1:01.22 while London Walsh was fifth in 1:08.99.

Zach Dahl had the Raiders' best time in the 100 breaststroke, taking second in 1:09.97, while Wusterbarth added a fourth place time of 24.6 seconds in the 50 free. Gabe Dwyer took third in diving with 204.3 points.

In the 200 medley relay, Rukavina, Dahl, Charlie Skinner and Winter Jorgensen combined for a second place time of 1:50.34, while in the 200 freestyle relay, Jorgensen, Wusterbarth, Lorenz and Jay Skinner took second in 1:36.48.

Two nights earlier against Rice Lake, the Raiders took first in every event except the 100 backstroke in a BRC dual win over the Warriors.

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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