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Gymnasts open season strong

Members of the Raider gymnastics team show off their second place trophy from the Simley Invitational Saturday, Dec. 2, in Inver Grove Heights. From left are Megan Michaels, Katie Auge, Maia Malchow, Anna Veenendall, Emma O’Neill, Caroline Erickson, Amber Robey, Emma Newman, Anna Lane. Photo courtesy of Katie Beaupre

The Raider gymnastics team kicked off the season on a high note by placing second at the six-team Simley Invitational Saturday, Dec. 2, in Inver Grove Heights.

Hudson finished with a team score of 128.2, just seven-tenths of a point behind first place Bloomington-Jefferson.

Three Raiders finished in the top ten in the all-around competition, including freshmen Caroline Erickson and Amber Robey who placed third and eighth, respectively, in their varsity debuts. Returning junior Maia Malchow added a ninth place score of 31.2.

Erickson also finished fourth on the uneven bars with a score of 8.5 and Robey was fourth on the balance beam with 8.15 while Malchow took fifth on the beam with 8.05.

This year's squad features three strong returning seniors—Anna Lane, Emma Newman, and Taylor Owens—and a host of newcomers including seven freshmen.

The Raiders hosted their first home meet of the season this past Tuesday, Dec. 5, against Chippewa Falls and will compete in the Chippewa Falls Invitational Saturday Dec. 9, beginning at 11 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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