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Swimmers win home opener

Wildcat senior Roland Pomfret swims to a fifth place finish in the 200 yard freestyle at the Hudson Invitational Saturday. Pomfret also tied for second in the 500 freestyle. Bob Burrows photo

The Wildcat boys' swimming and diving team defeated Rice Lake, 92-71, in the home opener Thursday before turning in some strong performances at the Raider Invitational in Hudson Saturday.

"All the guys really look forward to the first meet at home, and it was nice this year that our first dual meet at home was a win," head coach Brady McAdams said.

The Cats took first place in eight of the 12 swimming events with Roland Pomfret winning two races and swimming a leg on two of the Cats' three winning relay teams.

Pomfret won the 200 yard freestyle in 1 minute, 53.9 seconds, and the 500 free in 5:09.61.

"Roland Pomfret is closing in on the pool record in the 500 free," McAdams said. "The next two home meets will be exciting as he draws closer and closer to setting the new record."

Pomfret also swam the anchor leg on the Cats' 200 freestyle relay team behind Tim Weller, Andrew Yelken and Navid Rahgozar, teaming up for a first place time of 1:39.74. He also swam the opening leg of the 400 freestyle relay, along with Austin Saari, Yelken and Rahgozar, that took first place in 3:48.33.

Weller added a first place time of 2:20.14 in the 200 individual medley and Rahgozar took first in the 50 freestyle in 25.44 seconds while Daniel Schraufnagel was first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.47.

Weller, Schraufnagel, Yelken and Rahgozar also teamed up for a first place time of 1:48.76 in the 200 medley relay.

Sam Wronski was the Cats' top finisher in the 100 butterfly with a second place time of 1:09.52, three seconds faster than his previous best time.

Brad Kessler cut almost a full second off his previous best time in the 200 individual medley to boost the Cats with a third place time of 2:31.93, while Wesley Moon took fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:25.47, a half-second faster than his previous best. Garrett Williams also turned in a personal best time in the 100 freestyle, finishing fifth in 1:09.48.

At Hudson Saturday, Pomfret tied for second in the 500 free with a time of 5:10.34 and took fifth in the 200 free in 1:54.45 while Weller placed fourth in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.41 and Schraufnagel finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.65.

Kessler cut three seconds off his 100 breaststroke to finish 15th with a time of 1:15.11.

"This was a challenging meet," McAdams said. "It had a number of Minnesota teams, which always creates a little intrigue since we rarely see them."

The Cats will visit Chippewa Falls for a Big Rivers Conference dual Thursday and compete in the Santa Invite at Eau Claire North Saturday before traveling to Red Wing, Minn., Tuesday.