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Swimmers shine at state

Hudson sophomore Reagan Cicha gets a good start for the opening backstroke portion of the 200 yard medley relay finals at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison Nov. 11. She teamed up with Ella Stein, Taylor Cicha and Rachel Baker for a 21st place time of 1 minute, 51.75 seconds. 1 / 3
Hudson sophomore Ella Stein (second from right on podium), smiles along with the rest of the winners after placing second in the 100 yard breaststroke at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison Nov. 11. Photos courtesy of Paul Stein 2 / 3
Hudson senior Abby Larson swims the anchor leg on the Raiders' 400 yard freestyle relay at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison Nov. 11. Reagan Cicha, Taylor Cicha, Rachel Baker and Larson teamed up for a 20th place time of 3 minutes, 42.6 seconds. 3 / 3

Sophomore Ella Stein placed second in the 100 yard breaststroke to highlight Hudson's contingent at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison Saturday, Nov. 11.

Stein touched the wall in 1 minute, 3.48 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, just 1.31 seconds behind two-time state champ Grace Bennin of Verona and two-tenths of a second ahead of third place finisher Ally Silvestri of Middleton.

Stein's time not only broke her own school record, set a week earlier at the sectional meet, and earned her all-state status, it also qualified her for 2017-18 All-American consideration from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

Stein also finished 15th at state in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:10.46 to account for all 19 of Hudson's team points. Middleton won the team title with 313.5 and Cedarburg was second with 242 while Arrowhead was third with 189. Hudson finished 24th out of the 35 teams that scored.

Stein was one of six swimmers who represented Hudson at the state meet and swam on two of the Raiders' three state qualifying relay teams.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Rachel Baker, Stein, Taylor Cicha and Maree Elliott teamed up for a 20th place time of 1:41.41, while in the 400 freestyle relay, Reagan Cicha, Taylor Cicha, Baker and Abby Larson combined for a 20th place time of 3:42.60, two-tenths of a second faster than their third place sectional time a week earlier.

Reagan Cicha, Stein, Taylor Cicha and Baker finished 21st in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.75, one week after breaking a 24-year old school record in the event with a time of 1:50.15 at the sectional meet.

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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