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Gymnasts top Rice Lake, take second at Henry-Sibley

Hudson seniors Taylor Owens, left, Emma Newman and Anna Lake were honored on Senior Night at the Raider gymnastics team's final home dual meet of the season Thursday, Jan. 18, at Willow River Elementary School. The Raiders defeated Rice Lake, 131.5 to 129.175. Submitted photo 1 / 2
The Raiders recorded their season-high team score of 133.45 points at the Henry-Sibley Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Raiders' 133.45 points landed them a second-place finish at the invite. Submitted photo2 / 2

The Raider gymnastics team made its final home dual meet of the season a successful one by defeating Rice Lake, 131.5 to 129.175 on Senior Night Thursday, Jan. 18, at Willow River Elementary School.

Freshman Caroline Erickson led the squad with a season-high score of 9.15 in the floor exercise and added a second place score of 8.65 on the vault and third place scores of 8.3 on the balance beam and 7.75 on the uneven parallel bars to win the all-around competition with a total of 33.85.

Freshman Amber Robey took first on the uneven bars with a score of 9.05 while senior Taylor Owens turned in a second place score of 8.8 in the floor exercise and finished fourth in the all-around in her final home meet. Freshman Emma O'Neill contributed a second place score of 8.0 on bars.

The Raiders continued competition on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Henry-Sibley Invitational where they placed second out of seven teams. Hudson claimed their runner-up finish with a season-high score of 133.45.

Owens took second place on floor with a score of 9.0 while Erickson took third with an 8.9 and Maia Malchow placed fourth with an 8.85.

Robey recorded a third-place finish on beam with a 9.0.

The Raider gymnasts will head to Eau Claire Memorial High School on Thursday, Feb. 1 for their last conference meet before the Big Rivers Conference tournament held at River Falls High School on Friday, Feb. 16.

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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