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Swimmers drop BRC opener

Hudson's Amanda Baker performs a dive during the Raider girls' swimming and diving team's Big Rivers Conference dual opener against Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday at the middle school pool. Baker turned in Hudson's only first-place finish of the meet by posting a total score of 189.5. Photo by Bob Burrows

The Eau Claire Memorial girls' swimming and diving team showed why it's won or shared the Big Rivers Conference title 20 of the last 21 years when it came to Hudson for the 2010 BRC dual opener against the Raiders last Thursday.

The Old Abes took first in 11 of the meet's 12 events on their way to a 137-49 win over the Raiders.

Hudson's only win came in diving where Amanda Baker won with a total score of 189.5.

Raider coach Kelly Hackbarth said the Raiders held their own against the depth and talent of the Old Abes.

"Against a team with so much depth and strength, our swimmers and divers showed a lot of effort and performed as well as they could have," she said. "We can tell their strength is building, as we have seen many time and technique improvements on the board and in the pool."

Hudson had ten top three finishes in the meet, including Ronni Schoenherr and Ebonee Townsend taking second and third, respectively, in the 50 yard freestyle. Schoenherr finished the race in 26.72 seconds while Townsend was right behind in 27.98 seconds.

The Raiders' 200 yard medley relay team of Catie Weese, Megan Haney, Trisha Wood and Schoenherr also took second with a time of 2 minutes, 3.57 seconds.

Weese contributed a pair of third place finishes -- in the 100 freestyle in 58.54 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:08.47.

Wood added a third place time of 2:34.7 in the 200 individual medley while Haney placed third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.72 and Kayla Lorenz was third in the 500 freestyle in 6:05.34.

The Raiders' 200 yard freestyle relay team of Townsend, Patsy Castro, Baker and Lorenz combined for a third pla ce time of 1:57.45, while the 400 freestyle relay team of Schoenherr, Haney, Townsend and Weese took third with a time of 4:11.78.

Lorenz had the fastest Raider time in the 200 freestyle, placing fourth in 2:15.98, while Hannah Van Valkenberg was the top finisher in the 100 butterfly, finishing fourth in 1:12.44.

The Raiders will continue BRC dual meet competition at Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 16.

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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