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Hudson freshman Olivia Koehler twists in the air as she performs her dismount during the uneven bars at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships last Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Koehler posted a score of 8.917 on the bars on her way to a score of 34.584 in the all-around. (Submitted photo)

Raider gymnasts shine in state spotlight

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Raider gymnasts shine in state spotlight
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Four members of the Raider gymnastics team were among the top gymnasts in the state who concluded their seasons at the WIAA Division 1 State Individual Gymnastics Championships last Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

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Senior McKenna Daulton, sophomores Gabby Hughes and Maddie Nelson, and freshman Olivia Koehler represented Hudson at the state’s premier gymnastics event held at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

Daulton was competing for the final time in her Raider career, and second time at state, while it was the first state tournament appearance for Hughes, Nelson and Koehler.

Daulton and Hughes both qualified for state on the balance beam and Koehler and Nelson competed on the uneven bars while Koehler also qualified on the floor exercise and in the all-around.

Hughes had the Raiders’ highest finish, placing tenth on the beam with a score of 9.25 while Daulton, the sectional champion on the beam, placed 18th with an 8.933. Molly Benavides of Burlington won the individual state title with a score of 9.617.

Koehler, the sectional all-around champion, finished 23rd at the state meet with an all-around score of 34.584. Jorin Fredman of Arrowhead won the state title with 38.217.

Koehler finished 14th on the uneven bars with a score of 8.917 and 22nd on the floor with an 8.9 while posting scores of 8.4 in the vault and 8.367 on the balance beam. Nelson finished 24th on the uneven bars with a score of 7.95.

Jenna Fitzpatrick of Burlington won the state title on the uneven bars with 9.633 and Sam Balcarek of Franklin took the floor title with 9.567 while Benavides was the individual champion in the vault with 9.617.

Franklin won Friday night’s Division 1 state team championship for the fourth straight year with a team score of 147.285 and Burlington was second with 147.233 while Arrowhead finished third with 146.484.

In Friday night’s Division 2 team competition, Whitefish Bay won its third state title in the last four years with a score of 144.5. Mount Horeb took second with 141.582 while defending state champion River Falls placed third with 138.667.

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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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