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Swimmers start strong

Wildcat junior Ethan Larsen competes in the 100 yard butterfly at the Chippewa Falls Invitational Saturday. Larsen was one of three Cats to score points in the event, placing 11th with a time of 1 minute, 11.2 seconds. <i>Steve Dzubay photo</i>

The Wildcat boys swim and dive team kicked off the 2012-13 season with a fifth place finish at the nine-team Chippewa Falls Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Head coach Kirk Gednalske said the team looked good in its first meet of the season.

"We've had a great start to the season," he said. "Three weeks of focused practice

helped us to some great first swims. A few of the guys beat their best

times from last season. That's difficult to do but a great sign for the upcoming


The Cats' 200 yard medley relay team of Isaac Dzubay, Tom Ramquist, Ethan Larsen and Alex Haskins kicked off the meet by placing third with a time of 1 minute, 51.02 seconds.

Ramquist posted the Cats' highest individual finish of the day, placing second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.84, while teaming up with Collin Nielson, Dzubay and Haskins for a third place time of 1:37.85 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Ramquist led three Wildcats who picked up points in the 100 butterfly, placing fifth in 1:00.91. Nic Fugate was ninth in the event in 1:09.66 while Larsen finished 11th in 1:11.02.

Haskins was fifth in the 50 freestyle in 24.16 seconds and Dzubay placed fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.78. Haskins was seventh in the 100 back in 1:03.93 while Dzubay added a sixth place time of 55.2 seconds in the 100 freestyle.

Andrew Tiede led the Cats in the 500 free, placing eighth with a time of 6:16.41, and in the 200 free, finishing 17th in 2:21.46 while Austin Lynum boosted the Cats' team score with an 11th place time of 1:20.13 in the 100 breaststroke and finished 17th in the 200 individual medley in 2:50.26.

The Cats had two relay teams score points in the final event of the meet -- the 400 freestyle relay. Nielson, Fugate, Larsen and Nick Jubie combined for a 10th place time of 4:09.23, while Nicholas Sos, Carl Tiede, Andrew Tiede and Monroe Maher finished 11th in 4:26.23.

The Cats are off this week before hosting Red Wing in their home opener Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

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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