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Raider boys’ swim team sweeps double dual with RF and Superior

Hudson junior Justin Aherns competes in the 200 yard individual medley in the Raiders’ double dual with River Falls and Superior last Friday night in River Falls. Aherns placed second with a time of 2 minutes, 19.67 seconds. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)1 / 2
Senior Ross Wusterbarth swims the backstroke portion of the 200 yard individual medley at the Raiders’ double dual with River Falls and Superior last Friday night in River Falls. Wusterbarth finished third with a time of 2:28.82. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)2 / 2

The Raider boys’ swim and dive team had a busy weekend, sweeping River Falls and Superior in a double dual Friday night in River Falls before heading north and placing third at the Watertown-Mayer Invitational.

Friday night the Raiders defeated River Falls, 101.0-83.3 and Superior, 119.0-66.0.

Hudson posted seven first place finishes, including the final three events of the night.

Mile Townsend won his second event of the meet when he took first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 0.62 seconds. Earlier in the night he took the 100 butterfly in 58.29 seconds.

Ross Wusterbarth followed with a first place time of 1:12.63 in the 100 breaststroke before August Jorgensen, Townsend, Sawyer Arndt and Willie Skinner capped the night with a first place time of 3:31.11 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Skinner posted a season-best time of 1:53.2 to win the 200 freestyle and took second in the 100 free in 50.74 seconds while Arndt won the 500 free in 5:21.58.

Townsend, Wusterbarth, Justin Aherns and Jorgensen started the night by winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:47.0.

Aherns contributed a second place time of 2:19.67 in the 200 individual medley and Jorgensen took second in the 50 free in 22.64 seconds while Aherns, Wusterbarth, Arndt and Skinner were second in the 200 free relay in 1:37.13.

Noah Zins was the Raiders’ top diver with a second place score of 171.65.

Saturday the Raiders traveled north and finished third at the Watertown-Mayer Invite, just two points second place Shakopee. Chaska finished first at the seven-team invite.

“The team did a great job bringing that momentum from the previous night to last night and again we swam some great races,” Raider coach Ross Campbell said.

Campbell said the most exciting race of the night came in the 50 freestyle, where Townsend and Jorgensen gave the Raiders a sweep of the top two spots with times of 22.75 and 23.01 seconds, respectively.

Hudson’s 400 freestyle relay team of Jorgensen, Arndt, Aherns and Skinner also combined for a first place time of 3:27.53.

Skinner took second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.12 and Arndt was right behind in third place in 1:55.44, while Jorgensen contributed a second place time of 52.01 seconds in the 100 free and Townsend took second in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.52.

Aherns had a pair of third place finishes in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.5 and the 200 individual medley in 2:16.82, while Townsend, Wusterbarth, Aherns and Jorgensen combined for a third place time of 1:47.56 in the 200 medley relay.

“Our seniors did a great job at this meet and the underclassmen continue to impress me with their continued improvement,” Campbell said.

The Raiders will host Rice Lake in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the middle school pool.

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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