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Emerson swims to two BRC titles

Senior Eric Emerson won two individual titles and the Wildcats finished fourth in the team standings at the Big Rivers Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Menomonie.

Emerson came within .01 of a second of a new conference record to win the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 48.41 seconds and was .035 of a second off a new conference mark in the 50 freestyle to win with a time of 21.99.

It's the second year in a row Emerson has won multiple titles at the BRC championships. Last year he won the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. He didn't compete in the backstroke at this year's meet.

Eau Claire Memorial won the conference team title with 661 points followed by Chippewa Falls with 521.5, Hudson with 348.5 and River Falls with 328.

"Overall the guys had a great meet," Wildcat head coach Brady McAdams said. "The guys have worked hard all season and we had many personal records and almost a conference record."

Junior Roland Pomfret boosted the Cats' team score with a third place time of 5 minutes, 9.19 seconds in the 500 freestyle, a new personal best, and a fifth place time of 1:54.91 in the 200 freestyle.

The Cats 200 freestyle relay team of Pomfret, Mason Saari, Andrew Yelken and Emerson combined for a third place time of 1:34.28 while the 400 freestyle relay team of Pomfret, Saari, Tim Weller and Emerson was third in 3:29.55.

The 200 medley relay team of Weller, Troy Veith, Yelken and Steffen Nielsen finished seventh in 1:49.8.

Veith set a new personal best time of 1:10.92 on his way to a 10th place finish in the 100 breaststroke and Saari and Peter Nyquist both set new personal best times in the 100 freestyle. Saari finished 10th in 54.07 seconds and Nyquist was 16th in 56.69.

Sam Wronski swam a personal best 1:09.86 to finish 14th in the 100 butterfly while divers Ben Lowery (7th, 247.05) and Sean Herum (8th, 202) both set new season high scores.

"This season has been a testament to the dedication all of these young men have put forth," McAdams said.

The Cats will compete in sectionals this weekend in Hudson. Diving is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. with swimming scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hudson Middle School pool.