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Swimmers edged by Menomonie

River Falls' Samantha Troyer swims the 200 yard freestyle in the Wildcat girls swimming and diving team's Big Rivers Conference meet against Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 14, at the high school pool. Troyer took first in the race to help the Wildcats sweep the top three spots but Menomonie edged the Cats by a final score of 94-92. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Wildcat Sydney Fleming swims the breaststroke portion of the 200 yard individual medley in the girls swimming and diving team's Big Rivers Conference meet against Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 14, in River Falls. Fleming finished second with a time of 2 minutes, 23.31 seconds. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
River Falls' Abby Buschette swims to a second place time of 2 minutes, 13.12 seconds in the 200 yard freestyle in the Wildcat girls swimming and diving team's Big Rivers Conference meet against Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 14, at the high school pool. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

The Menomonie girls swimming and diving team won the last three events of the night to steal a two-point victory over River Falls, 94-92, in a Big Rivers Conference dual meet in River Falls Thursday, Sept. 14.

The Wildcats posted five first place finishes, including sweeping the top three spots in the 200 yard freestyle, but Menomonie made a late charge and won the final event of the night—the 400 freestyle relay—by four seconds to earn the win.

River Falls got off to a strong start when Sydney Fleming, Samantha Troyer, Maddie Seyffer and Sophie Kolars combined for a first place time of 2 minutes, 5.37 seconds in the 200 medley relay. Abby Buschette, Olivia John, Teagan Stavinoha and Mary Kolars placed fourth in 2:12.87.

Troyer, Buschette and Mary Kolars went on to sweep the top three spots in the 200 freestyle with Troyer taking first in 2:10.9, Buschette second in 2:13.12 and Kolars third in 2:16.79.

Fleming finished second in the next event of the night—the 200 individual medley—with a time of 2:23.31 and Seyffer was third in 2:32.23, before Sophie Kolars won the 50 freestyle in 27.52 seconds and Isabelle Greenwood took second in 29.11.

The River Falls divers kept pace by earning three of the top four scores as Madisyn Tape placed second with 174.15 points, Mya Callanan took third with 170.45 and Eva Mikla finished fourth with 160.45.

Menomonie made a push by taking first and second in the 100 butterfly with Stavinoha the Cats top finisher with a third place time of 1:16.15 and Mary Kolars fourth in 1:18.82.

The Cats came back with the top two spots in the 100 freestyle with Buschette edging Sophie Kolars by three-tenths of a second to win with a time of 1:00.56. Seyffer and Troyer followed with first and second place times of 5:53.0 and 5:57.51 in the 500 freestyle before Mary Kolars, Sophie Kolars, Buschette and Greenwood combined for a first place time of 1:54.52 in the 200 freestyle relay.

That was the last win of the night for the Wildcats, however, as the Mustangs won the 100 backstroke, swept the top three spots in the 100 breaststroke and took two of the top three spots in the 400 freestyle relay to pull out the win.

Fleming was the Cat's highest finisher in the 100 backstroke with a second place time of 1:04.87 while Greenwood finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:26.92. In the 400 freestyle relay, Troyer, Seyffer, Greenwood and Fleming finished second with a time of 4:12.39.

The Wildcats return to BRC action this Thursday, Sept. 21, at Rice Lake and will host Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.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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