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Swimmers take third at BRC meet

The Wildcat girls' swimming and diving team did exactly what it needed to do to jump ahead of some key rivals and take third place at the Big Rivers Conference Championships Saturday in Chippewa Falls.

Eau Claire Memorial won the team title with a score of 573 followed by Hudson with 402. River Falls was third with 380 followed by Eau Claire North with 374.5, Menomonie with 273, Chippewa Falls with 190.5 and Rice Lake with 94.

"Key to our strategy was finding 'B' relay mixes that were able to compete, not just for times, but for top finishes," Wildcat head coach Lynn Huiskamp said. "Learning how to flat out give 100 percent is a skill not easily learned. After Saturday's meet, I feel certain many of the swimmers amazed themselves by doing just that."

Tessa Coggio won an individual title in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.45 seconds, but it was the Wildcats' depth that lifted them to the third place finish. The Cats picked up a total of 158 points in the three relay events, including 58 with second and seventh place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay.

Chelsey Morrow, Sofia Carlson, Tara Sarno and Coggio combined for a second place time of 1:47.61 while the "B" relay team of Nara Tashjian, Mandy Hedeen, Madi Probst and Katie Kidd placed seventh in 1:55.66.

River Falls finished fourth and eighth in the 200 medley relay to pick up 52 points. Coggio, Grace Goblirsch, Sarno and Marla Probst teamed up for a fourth place time of 2:02.43 while Kate Bosworth, Kidd, Carlson and Hedeen finished eighth in 2:10.75.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Madi Probst, Morrow, Goblirsch and Marla Probst finished fourth in 3:59.53 and Tashjian, Emma Langer, Erin Pomeroy and Bosworth flew past Eau Claire North to take ninth in 4:17.44.

"Their relay was definitely the chill-raising event of the meet for me," Huiskamp said about the 400 freestyle "B" relay team. Together the 400 free relay teams combined for 48 points.

Five Wildcats combined for 45 points in the 100 freestyle to boost the team's total. Marla Probst finished third in 59.48 seconds while Morrow was sixth in 59.69, Goblirsch placed seventh in 59.73, Carlson took 14th in 1:03.49 and Bosworth placed 16th in 1:05.56.

All four Wildcats in the 100 butterfly scored points to give the Cats a total of 43 in that event. In addition to Coggio's first place finish, Sarno took fifth in 1:07.86, Pomeroy was 11th in 1:14.46 and Tashjian finished 14th in 1:15.15.

The Wildcat divers contributed 33 points to the team's total with Carly Jerry taking second with a score of 365.05, Sierra Becker ninth with 253.85, Britta Grebner 13th with 232.85 and Rose Tashjian 14th with 229.55.

The Cats picked up 23 points in the 100 breaststroke with Goblirsch seventh in 1:17.91, Kidd 10th in 1:21.44 and Maura Watson 16th in 1:26.94. Coggio added a fifth place time of 1:06.67 in the 100 backstroke and Morrow was ninth in 1:09.49 to score 23 total points in that event.

In the 500 freestyle, Madi Probst finished eighth with a time of 6:12.13, Langer was 10th in 6:26.11 and Lisa Humphrey placed 13th in 6:31.01 to account for 22 points. River Falls picked up 19 more points in the 50 free with Sarno's seventh place time of 27.44 seconds and Marla Probst's 10th place time of 27.52.

In the 200 individual medley, Kidd and Pomeroy combined for 11 points with Kidd finishing ninth in 2:36.47 and Pomeroy 15th in 2:42.74. Madi Probst picked up six more team points by placing 11th with a personal best time of 2:14.71 in the 200 freestyle.

Coggio earned All-BRC First Team honors for winning the 100 butterfly while Jerry earned a spot on the second team in diving. Marla Probst, in the 100 freestyle, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Morrow, Carlson, Sarno and Coggio, received honorable mention.

The Cats will compete at the WIAA Division 1 sectional this weekend in Hudson. Diving will be held Friday at 5 p.m. and swimming Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hudson Middle School pool.