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Wildcats swimmers fifth at SSP

The Wildcat boys swimmers performed well at the six-team South St. Paul Invitational Saturday, Jan. 20, but their lack of depth proved to be the difference as they finished fifth in a meet that saw just 50 points separating the second through fifth place teams.

The Cats started out on a high note with Logan McLaughlin, Anders Olson, John Augustin and Seth Larsen winning the 200 yard freestyle with a season best time of 1 minute, 46.2 seconds.

"This is the first time all four legs of the relay clicked and showed they've got a competitive 200 medley relay," head coach Eric Emerson said.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Augustin, Larsen, McLaughlin and Andrew Richardt went on to finish second in 1:35.69.

"They were able to go one of the best times of the season but weren't able to match the four legs of Orono," Emerson noted.

McLaughlin was out-touched by 16-hundredths of a second to take second place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.07, while Connor Barr beat out a pair of competitors to finish fourth with a time of 2:06.18.

Augustin was the lone Wildcat representative in the 100 butterfly and gutted out a second place finish in a tough race, while McLaughlin and Larsen teamed up take third and fifth place in the 100 freestyle.

In the 50 freestyle, Augustin finished third in 23.31 seconds and Larsen was sixth in 24.28, while Nathan Lawrence was also able to get on the scoresheet with a 13th place time of 26.45.

Richardt and Olson teamed up to take fifth and eighth place, respectively, in the 200 individual medley, while in the 500 freestyle, Richardt was third in 5:31.27 and Baar took fourth in 5:39.71.

Emerson said Olson had a rough swim in the 100 breaststroke but still managed to take third place, while Richardt posted a season best time of 1:26.78 in the 100 backstroke.

Next up for the Wildcats is the Big Rivers Conference Meet Saturday, Feb. 3, at Eau Claire North 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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