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Koehler wins all-around at sectional, 4 Hudson gymnasts headed to state

Hudson freshman Olivia Koehler performs her floor routine on her way to a score of 9.25 at the WIAA Division 1 sectional gymnastics tournament at Eau Claire Memorial High School. Koehler took fifth in the event on her way to claiming the sectional all-around title with a total score of 35.625. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Raider senior McKenna Daulton goes airborne on the balance beam on her way to a first place score of 8.95 at the WIAA Division 1 sectional gymnastics tournament at Eau Claire Memorial last Friday night. Daulton is one of four Raiders who qualified for this Saturday’s state gymnastics tournament in Wisconsin Rapids. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Freshman Olivia Koehler won the sectional all-around title last Friday in Eau Claire, senior McKenna Daulton and sophomore Gabby Hughes swept the top two spots on the balance beam, and sophomore Maddie Nelson took fourth on the uneven bars to all qualify for the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships this Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Hudson just missed advancing to state as a team, finishing third at the sectional with a team score of 138.1. The top two teams, and the top five individuals in each event, moved on as state qualifiers.

Hudson had six top-five finishes spread out over four individuals, including Koehler’s sectional championship in the all-around.

Koehler took second on the uneven bars with a score of 9.05 and was fifth in the floor exercise with 9.25 while adding scores of 8.75 on the vault and 8.575 on the balance beam. Her all-around score of 35.625 was one-tenth of a point better than second place Miranda Severin of Eau Claire.

Daulton won the sectional title on the balance beam with a score of 8.95 while Hughes scored 8.8 to finish runner-up.

Nelson placed fourth on the uneven bars with a score of 8.925 to punch her ticket to state.

Senior Maddy Rohde posted an eighth place score of 8.6 on bars and Daulton finished tenth on the floor with a 9.05 while sophomore Amira Tobasi contributed a score of 8.225 on the floor and sophomore Madi Wisse turned in a score of 8.5 on the vault.

The WIAA State Gymnastics Championships will take place this Saturday, March 8, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School. March-in is at 10:40 a.m. with competition beginning at 11:10 a.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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