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Boys swim and dive starts strong

The first night of competition for the Wildcat boys swimming and diving team Tuesday, Nov. 28, against Eau Claire Alliance produced some good results for the Cats.

Senior diver Huck Boles placed second with a score of 165.50 sandwiched in between two Eau Claire divers, while Logan McLaughlin posted a first place time of 58.5 seconds in the 100 butterfly and second place time of 2 minutes, 10.23 seconds in the 200 individual medley.

In the 50 freestyle, John Augustin was second in 23.45 seconds, Seth Larsen was fifth in 24.55 and Derick Graves took sixth in 27.29.

Two Wildcats placed in the top five in the 500 freestyle. Connor Baar finished third with a time of 5:46.02 while Andy Richardt was fifth in 6:16.02.

"Andy Richardt's goggles had fallen off at the start," coach Eric Emerson noted. "With Andy being unable to see effectively, Connor Baar had a nice race against the Eau Claire guys."

Saturday, Dec. 2, the Wildcats placed fifth at the nine-team Chippewa Falls Sprint Invite despite having just 10 swimmers on hand.

"John Augustin, Seth Larsen, and Logan McLaughlin all had top three finishes individually as well as participated in two-second place relays together," Emerson said. "For some of the newer swimmers though it was more about getting more experience. Some were trying new events like Nathan Lawrence trying out the 50 butterfly. Others, like Alden Brunner, were in the their first meet. It was a good warm-up meet where now we can have a benchmark and some expectations."

The Wildcats will return to Chippewa Falls for a Big Rivers Conference dual this Thursday, Dec. 7 before hosting Menomonie Tuesday, Dec. 12, 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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