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Hudson senior Melly Meyer swims the breaststroke portion of the 200 yard individual medley at the WIAA Division 1 swimming sectional Saturday at the middle school. Meyer finished 11th with a time of 2:27.45. Bob Burrows photo

Swimmers take 7th at sectional

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The Raider girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up its season with a seventh place finish at the 15-team WIAA Division 1 sectional meet over the weekend in Hudson.

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The Raiders finished with a total of 176 points, just seven points behind sixth place Holmen. Wausau East won the team title with 330.

While no Raiders qualified for this weekend's state swimming and diving championships in Madison, head coach Kelly Hackbarth said they had a great end to the season.

"The girls did very well," she said. "They had a great finish to their season with best times and scores in both swimming and diving. We, as the coaches, are very proud of what our team has accomplished this year."

Freshman Lindsey Bedford just missed earning a spot at the state meet by finishing third in the 500 yard freestyle at Saturday's swimming portion of the sectional. Bedford's time of 5 minutes, 27.9 seconds barely missed the cut. She also placed seventh in the 200 freestyle in 2:06.0.

Sophomore Amanda Baker was the Raiders top diver in Friday night's competition, finishing fifth with a score of 323.45.

The winners of each event, and the next 18 top performances from all six sectionals, qualify for the state meet.

The Raiders' 400 yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Catie Weese, Junior Ebonee Townsend, Bedford and senior Noey Anderson, also came close, placing fourth with a time of 3:50.77.

Anderson also took fifth in the 200 yard individual medley in 2:17.44 and eighth in the 100 yard freestyle in 56.14. Weese was ninth in the 100 free in 56.44.

Hudson had a pair of eighth place relay finishes. Anderson, senior Melly Meyer, senior Emily Bedford and Weese combined for an eighth place time in the 200 medley relay, while Meyer, Lindsey Bedford, sophomore Megan Haney and Townsend had a time of 1:46.62 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Weese turned in a time of 26.02 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle to finish 12th, while Meyer placed 13th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.55.

Townsend was the top Raider finisher in the 100 yard butterfly with a 16th place time of 1:07.17, while in the 100 backstroke, junior Ronni Schoenherr finished 21st with a time of 1:10.32.

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