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Swimmers finish unbeaten in BRC duals

Hudson's Faith Eilertson and Sydney Wood compete in 100-yard breaststroke in the Raider girls' swimming and diving team's Big Rivers Conference dual at Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Oct. 16. Eilertson finished second in the race and Wood was third to help the Raiders to a 104-82 victory. Photo courtesy of Paul Stein 1 / 2
Hudson's Hannah Ousdigian swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley in the Raider girls' swimming and diving team's Big Rivers Conference dual at Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Oct. 16. Ousdigian placed fourth with a time of 2:29.54. Photo courtesy of Paul Stein2 / 2

The Hudson girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up Big Rivers Conference dual meet competition with a perfect 6-0 record with a 104-82 victory over Eau Claire Memorial in the regular season finale Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Eau Claire.

The Raiders can lock up their fifth BRC title in six years at the BRC Championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Menomonie. Hudson won four straight conference titles from 2013-16 before Eau Claire Memorial won it in 2017.

Ella Stein won two events, Rachel Baker, Maree Elliott and Faith Eilertson won one each, and the Raiders swept all three relays Tuesday night to finish the BRC dual season with a record of 6-0.

Stein won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 15.92 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:01.93, while Baker and Elliott swept the top two spots in the 200 freestyle with Baker winning in 2:03.61 and Elliott taking second in 2:07.33.

Elliott's win came in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.22 seconds with Eilertson taking second in 57.47, while Eilertson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.76. Sydney Wood was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.11.

Reagan Cicha, Eilertson, Elliott and Baker kicked off the night by combing for a first-place time of 1:55.86 in the 200 medley relay, before Cicha, Eilertson, Hannah Ousdigian and Stein took first in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:46.56. Baker, Elliott, Ousdigian and Stein capped the meet with a first place time of 3:50.78 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Cicha contributed a second place time of 1:05.06 in the 100 backstroke and Kaiti Thome was third in 1:09.33, while Cicha was also second in the 50 freestyle in 27.42 seconds. Baker added a second place time of 5:28.73 in the 500 free while Hannah Zurn was third in 5:52.99.

Katie Auge was Hudson's top diver with a third place score of 190.6.

The BRC Championships will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at Menomonie High School beginning at 10 a.m.

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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