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Gymnasts shine at conference tourney

Sophomore Olivia Dunlap twists over the vault at the Big Rivers Conference Gymnastics Tournament last Friday in River Falls. Dunlap finished 10th with a score of 8.875. Photo by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Hudson senior Amanda Baker performs on the floor at the Big Rivers Conference Gymnastics Tournament last Friday at Meyer Middle School in River Falls. Baker tied for fifth with a score of 9.15 and finished fourth in the all-around to help the Raiders to a fifth place team finish. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

Senior Amanda Baker placed in the top five in two individual events and took fourth in the all-around as the Raiders finished fifth at the Big Rivers Conference Gymnastics Tournament last Friday at Meyer Middle School in River Falls.

Hudson posted a team score of 133.925 at the tournament, their second-highest score of the season. River Falls took first with 143.25, followed by Eau Claire North/Memorial with 137.925, Rice Lake/Cumberland with 136 and Chippewa Falls with 135.025. Menomonie finished behind Hudson in sixth place with 100.55.

Hudson's fifth place tournament finish, coupled with their dual meet record, left them in fourth place in the final BRC standings.

Baker posted a season-high score of 9.2 in the vault and tied for fifth in the floor exercise with a score of 9.15. She just missed making the top five on the balance beam with a sixth place score of 8.875 and tied for 14th on the uneven bars with teammate Maddy Rohde, both with scores of 8.1. Rohde's score was a season-high on the uneven bars.

Baker's all-around score of 35.325 was a season-best and good for fourth place.

Sophomore McKenna Daulton contributed to the Raiders' team score with a season-best score of 8.45 on the balance beam to place 12th and finished 12th in the all-around with a total score of 32.85.

Senior Kirstin Strom turned in her best all-around score of the season--32.0--to finish 14th.

Sophomore Olivia Dunlap was forced to withdraw from the uneven bars with a shoulder injury but competed in the three other individual events and put up solid scores of 8.875 in the vault and 8.675 on the balance beam.

Junior Brooke Miller filled in for Dunlap on the uneven bars and posted slid scores in her two other events--the balance beam and floor.

The Raiders will travel to Stevens Point this Friday, Feb. 24, for the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Tournament. The top two teams, and the top five finishers in each individual event and the all-around, will qualify for the WIAA State Championships March 2-3 in Wisconsin Rapids.

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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