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Raider junior Erika Guenther qualified for this weekend’s state meet in two individual events and as a member of two relay teams at last Saturday’s sectional meet in Hudson. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

Raider swimmers are sectional meet runner-ups

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Raider swimmers are sectional meet runner-ups
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Devin Cicha won two individual titles, Erika Guenther claimed one, and both teamed up with Abby Duerst and Emmie Reynolds for the 400 freestyle relay championship at the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Meet last Saturday at the Hudson Middle School pool.

On the day, the Raiders qualified three individuals in five events and a pair of relay teams for this Saturday’s WIAA State Championships in Madison.

Hudson finished second at the 13-team sectional with a score of 320. Wausau East took first with 329.

Cicha won sectional titles in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.58 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 53.5. Guenther’s title came in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 11.27 seconds. She also took second in the 100 backstroke in 59.6 seconds to earn a berth at state.

Duerst, Reynolds, Guenther and Cicha teamed up for a sectional championship time of 3:38.9 in the 400 freestyle relay, while Guenther, Natalie Wood, Cicha and Reynolds qualified for state in the 200 medley relay with a second place time of 1:52.30. Wausau East was first in 1:52.13.

Sophomore diver Maddie Nelson also advanced to the state meet with a third place score of 345.3. Claire VanValkenburg finished fifth with 322.7 while Madison Rohde was sixth with 317.15.

Reynolds just missed earning a trip to state in the 200 freestyle with a second place time of 2:02.92 and finished third in the 500 free in 5:29.57. Wood finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.52 and eighth in the 100 free in 57.57.

Nicole Berdusco, Ellie Kiecker, Duerst and Wood combined for a fifth place time of 1:45.31 in the 200 freestyle relay.

The WIAA Division 1 State Championships will be held this Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. Diving competition will begin at 10 a.m. with swimming at 3 p.m.

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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