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Six swimmers heading to state

Hudson sophomore Ella Stein shows off her gold medal after winning the sectional championship in the 100 yard breaststroke with a new school record time of 1 minute, 4.5 seconds at the WIAA Division 1 Sectional last Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hudson Middle School pool. 1 / 3
Hudson freshman Hannah Ousdigian swims to a seventh place time of 1 minute, 2.56 seconds in the 100 yard butterfly at the WIAA Division 1 Sectional last Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hudson Middle School pool. Photos courtesy of Paul Stein 2 / 3
Hudson's 200 yard medley relay team of Reagan Cicha, Ella Stein, Taylor Cicha and Rachel Baker smile from the awards podium after teaming up for a new school record time of 1 minute, 50.15 seconds at the WIAA Division 1 Sectional last Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hudson Middle School pool. 3 / 3

Sophomore Ella Stein broke her own school record in the 100 yard breaststroke and Hudson's 200 medley relay team of Reagan Cicha, Stein, Taylor Cicha and Rachel Baker broke a 24-year old school record to highlight the Raiders' third place team finish at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming Sectional Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Hudson Middle School pool.

Stein won the sectional title in the 100 yard breastroke with a new school record time of 1 minute, 4.5 seconds and finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.21 to qualify for this weekend's WIAA State Championships in both events.

Stein also teamed up with Reagan Cicha, Taylor Cicha and Baker for a third place time of 1:50.15 in the 200 medley relay, breaking the school's 24-year old mark and earning one of the 24 state qualifying spots.

Stein, Baker, Taylor Cicha and Maree Elliott also qualified for state in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a third place time of 1:40.33, while Elliott, Taylor Cicha, Reagan Cicha and Abby Larson qualified in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:42.87.

Hudson will be represented at state in all three relay events and Stein in the 100 breastroke and 200 individual medley. The WIAA Division 1 State Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 3 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.

Stevens Point won the sectional team title last Saturday with a score of 385 and D.C. Everest was second with 330 while Hudson finished third with 312.

Baker and Elliott just missed qualifying for state in the 200 yard freestyle with third and fourth place times of 1:59.54 and 2:02.04, respectively, while Faith Eilertson just missed joining Stein at state in the 100 breastroke with a fourth place time of 1:08.11.

Larson boosted the Raiders' team score with a fifth place time of 2:17.06 in the 200 individual medley while Baker placed fifth in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.87. Elliott was fifth in the 500 freestyle in 5:30.41 while Reagan Cicha contributed a sixth place time of 1:02.51 in the 100 backstroke.

Anna Lane was Hudson's top finisher in the sectional diving competition Friday, Nov. 3, with a fourth place score of 350.0. Kaitlyn Auge was fifth with 344.4 and Kayla Belany placed sixth with 317.2.

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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