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Swimmers split double dual

River Falls junior Seth Larsen swims the butterfly leg of the 200 yard medley relay in the Wildcats' double dual with Hudson and Superior Friday night, Jan. 4, in Hudson. Larsen, Connor Baar, Darin Derks and Nate Lawrence teamed up for a third place time of 2 minutes, 0.24 seconds. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
River Falls sophomore Connor Baar swims to a second place finish in the 200 yard freestyle in the Wildcats' double dual with Hudson and Superior Friday night, Jan. 4, in Hudson. Baar posted a season best time of 2 minutes, 0.15 seconds, less than one-half second out of first place. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

After a three-week break for the holidays, the Wildcat boys' swimming and diving team turned in a number of season-best efforts in its first meet of the new year Friday, Jan. 4.

The Cats split a Big Rivers Conference double-dual with Hudson and Superior, beating the Spartans 59-39 while falling to the host Raiders 72-27.

Head coach Caitlin Brudzinski said the Cats have been working hard over the holiday break.

"This was our first meet since the middle of December and they swam well," she said. "The swimmers have been working really hard."

Sophomore Connor Baar posted a pair of season-best times—coming just a half-second away from winning the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 0.15 seconds and placing third in the 500 freestyle in 5:27.3.

Junior Seth Larsen cut nearly five seconds off his previous best time in the 100 butterfly to take third in 1:00.99 seconds, while Zach Martin posted a time of 1:20.35 in the 100 breaststroke, over three seconds faster than his previous best in the event. Larsen also took third in the 50 free in 24.18 seconds.

Nate Lawrence added a third place time of 57.84 seconds in the 100 free and Baar, Larsen, Darin Derks and Lawrence teamed up for a third place time of 2:00.24 in the 200 medley relay while Larsen, Derick Graves, Lawrence and Barr were third in the 200 free relay in 1:41.83.

Next up for the Wildcats is the South St. Paul Invitational this Saturday, Jan. 12.

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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