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Gymnasts second in BRC

Hudson freshman Paige Hillman competes in the vault at the Big Rivers Conference Gymnastics Tournament Friday, Feb. 16, in River Falls. Hillman tied for third in the vault and finished fourth in the all-around to help the Raiders to a second place team score of 139.925. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The Raider gymnastics team captured second place at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Friday, Feb. 16, in River Falls to wrap up second place in the final BRC standings.

River Falls won the tournament with a team score of 142.2 to sweep both the regular season and postseason crowns while Hudson was second with 139.925.

Freshman Paige Hillman earned three trips to the awards podium with a second place score of 9.25 on the uneven bars, a third place score of 9.1 in the vault and a fourth place total of 35.6 in the all-around.

Senior Taylor Owens edged out Hillman for second place in the vault with a score of 9.15 while freshman Caroline Erickson was fourth in the floor exercise with 9.3 and freshman Amber Robey was sixth on the balance beam with 8.7.

Erickson also finished ninth on the balance beam with a score of 8.475 to help her to a sixth place total of 35.5 in the all-around, while Owens added a ninth place score of 8.475 on the uneven bars and was ninth in the all-around with 34.775.

Next up for the Raiders is the WIAA Division 1 sectional this Saturday, Feb. 24, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School. The top two teams and the top five individuals in each event will return to Wisconsin Rapids for the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.

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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