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Raider swimmers send six to state

Six Hudson athletes qualified for this weekend's WIAA State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships after the Raiders placed second at the 10-team Division 1 sectional meet in Stevens Point Saturday, Feb. 10.

Junior Erik Small, sophomores Alex Weaver, Ethan Crim and John Cooper Ramthun, and freshmen Steven Asmus and Ethan Hanson will all represent Hudson at the state meet this Saturday, Feb. 17, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.

Asmus will compete in two individual events and two relays at state after qualifying in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle races and as a member of the Raiders 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Asmus took second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 47.26 seconds and second in the 500 free in 4:51:27. In the 400 freestyle relay he combined with Small, Weaver and Ramthun for a fourth place time of 3:20.69, and in the 200 medley relay, he teamed up with Weaver, Hanson and Small for a state qualifying fifth place time of 1:42.67.

Small also took second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.9 seconds to move on while Crim took second in diving with a score of 335.

Weaver came up just short of qualifying for state in the 200 individual medley with a third place time of 2:06.12 while freshman Adam Berdusco was fifth in 2:08.26. Freshman Jonathan Bennett placed seventh in the race in 2:10.34 while Hanson gave Hudson four spots on the podium with an eighth place time of 2:10.86.

Weaver, Ramthun and junior Jacob Krusell gave the Raiders three of the top eight spots in the 100 butterfly by finishing sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while Small just missed joining Asmus in the 200 freestyle at state with a fourth place time of 1:48.88 and Ramthun took third in the 100 backstroke in 58.21 seconds. Hanson also took fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.39.

Berdusco boosted the Raiders' team score with a seventh place finish in the 500 freestyle, while the 200 freestyle relay team of Hanson, freshman Jackson Coyer, junior Eric Wanken and Krusell combiined for a fifth place finish.

Eau Claire Memorial/North won the sectional title in Stevens Point with 378 points while Hudson was second with 337 and D.C. Everest took third with 304.

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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