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Baker earns spot at state diving

Junior Amanda Baker smiles as she is recognized as the sectional diving champion during Saturday's swimming competition at the middle school pool. Baker took first the night before with a score of 384.15. Photo by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Raider sophomore Kayla Lorenz swims in the 200 yard freestyle at Saturday's WIAA Division 1 Sectional Meet at the middle school pool. Lorenz finished fifth in her heat and 13th overall with a time of 2 minutes, 11.21 seconds. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

Junior Amanda Baker will be the Raiders' lone representative at the weekend's WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison.

Baker earned a berth at state by winning a sectional diving title last Friday night at the middle school pool, taking first in the Division 1 competition with a score of 384.15.

Raider sophomore Kendall Tierney just missed going to state as an extra qualifier. Tierney finished fourth at Friday night's sectional with a score of 332.1. The first place finisher at each of the six sectionals, and the next 18 top scores from all the sectionals, qualify for the state meet. Tierney came up just 1.65 short of the final qualifying spot.

Sophomore Gina Coutler finished tenth in Friday night's diving with a score of 259.8.

The Division 1 state diving competition will be held Saturday, Nov. 13 beginning at 10 a.m. at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.

Last weekend the Raiders finished eighth as a team in the 14-team sectional field with a total of 151 points. Eau Claire Memorial was first with 344 followed by Wausau West with 316 and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln with 276.

Hudson had a pair of eighth-place finishes in the relay events at Saturday's swimming portion of the sectional meet. Catie Weese, Megan Haney, Trisha Wood and Ronni Schoenherr combined for a time of 2 minutes, 1.52 seconds in the 200 medley relay, and 3:58.47 in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Raiders had a pair of 11th-place finishes in the individual events. Freshman Abby Duerst placed 11th in the 200 yard freestyle in 2:10.57 and Haney was 11th in the 50 freestyle in 26.19 seconds. Weese finished just behind Haney in 12th place in the 50 free in 26.52 seconds.

Haney also finished 15th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:17.2.

Kayla Lorenz swam to 13th place in the 200 freestyle in 2:11.21 and finished 12th in the 500 freestyle in 5:52.23. Duerst added a 14th-place time of 5:54.08 in the 500 free while Hannah Manley was 23rd in 6:22.93.

In the 100 yard individual medley, Wood finished 15th with a time of 2:31.27 and Hannah VanValkenburg was 16th in 2:32.53, while in the 100 butterfly, VanValkenburg placed 12th in 1:07.72 and Wood was 16th in 1:09.78.

Schoenherr posted a 17th-place time of 26.81 seconds in the 50 freestyle before finishing 19th in the 100 freestyle in 1:00.1.

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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