Catherine Russo broke a pair of school records to help the Butte High swim team to fifth place out of 13 teams at the Missoula Invitational on Saturday.

Russo broke the marks in winning both the 100-meter freestyle in 51.81 seconds, and the 500-meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 7.96 seconds.

Russo also helped a pair of Bulldog relay teams to fourth-place finishes. In the 200 freestyle relay, she was joined by Elsie Dickerson, Nicole Hyatt and Anna Trudnowski. The 400 freestyle relay featured the same squad, but with Cynthia Trudgeon taking Hyatt’s place.

“There were many personal-best times,” Butte High coach Lynn Shrader said. “I believe almost every girl swam a best time.”

Trudgeon also found individual success against steep competition by taking ninth in the 200 freestyle with a personal best my nearly two seconds.

The Butte High boys were led individually by Zach Johnson, who was fourth in the 50 freestyle, and seventh in the 100 butterfly.

Johnson also helped the Bulldogs’ 200 freestyle relay team to a third-place finish, along with Riley Walsh, Trevor Komm and Garrick Sison.

Other placers for the Butte High boys were Komm (8th, 50 freestyle), Walsh (8th, 200 medley; 9th 100 freestyle), Sison (8th, breaststroke), and the 200 medley relay team (8th).

“I am very proud of all the swimmers today,” Shrader said. “They raced hard and competed well. There is only one more meet before state, and they are working to make their times.”

That final regular-season meet will be at home for the Bulldogs on Saturday, when they take on challengers beginning at noon.

“I am looking forward to seeing everyone swim hard again,” Shrader said.


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