STEVENS POINT — The Menomonie boys swimming team advanced three to Friday’s Division 2 state championships by virtue of strong finishes this past weekend at sectionals.
Landon Bien advanced in diving, Austin Gjestson is moving on in the 100-yard butterfly and Kevin Leach punched his ticket to Madison in the 100 breaststroke. Overall the Mustangs had a strong performance as well with a third-place finish in the team standings.
Bien took the top spot in the 1-meter dive with 267.2 points, Kevin Leach was second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of one minute, 2.94 seconds and Gjestson took fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.53.
“The boys have had this race on their mind the entire season,” Menomonie coach Jeffrey Anderson said. “It was going to take a tremendous effort and the boys brought it. Everyone on the sectional team had a part to play in this competition. It was fun to watch.”
The 200 medley relay team of Kaleb Kazmerek, Kevin Leach, Adam Giljohann and Conrad Klem finished second. Leach was second in the 200 individual medley, Kazmerek was fourth in the 100 backstroke, the 200 freestyle relay team of Leach, Gjestson, Bilse and Klem finished fifth, as was the 400 freestyle team of Gjestson, Giljohann, Mazmerek and Bilse.
Christian Bilse was fifth in the 200 freestyle, Gjestson came home sixth in the 100 freestyle, one spot ahead of Bilse in seventh. Giljohann was ninth in the 100 butterfly and Klem finished 10th in the 100 freestyle.
As a team the Mustangs scored 242 points with Rhinelander winning the championship with 377.
The Division 2 state championships take place on Friday beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the UW-Natatorium in Madison.
Bloomer/Colfax’s Blanchard, Harmon win titles
At Baldwin, the duo of Luke Blanchard and Mitchel Harmon each won Division 2 regional titles for the Raptors.
Blanchard took the top spot at 106 while Harmon had an unbeaten day at 138 while Sawyer Best and Bowen Rothbauer finished second to move on to sectionals.
Blanchard (21-4) pinned Regis/Altoona’s Connor Mattison in the semifinals and capped his day with an 18-4 major decision win over Ellsworth’s Cale Ekholm. Harmon (28-1) pinned Prescott’s Cole Dravis in 48 seconds in the semis and earned a 7-1 decision win over Ellsworth’s Carter Huppert for the title.
Best (27-3) scored a technical fall win over Prescott’s Grant Stanton in the 132 semis and fell to Ellsworth’s Charlie Stuhl by 16-6 major decision in the finals. He recovered to pin Baldwin-Woodville’s Tanner Merriman for second place.
Rothbauer (32-11) earned his way into the finals with an 8-4 decision win against Baldwin-Woodville’s Dakota Gartmann. Rothbauer fell in the finals to Ellsworth’s Cedric Kosnopfal by an 8-2 decision but beat Gartmann by rule to advance.
Julio Hernandez finished third at 120.
Bloomer/Colfax was fourth as a team with 125.5 points and Ellsworth won the championship with 286 points.
Hudson 54, Menomonie 42
At Menomonie, the Mustangs fell to the Raiders in a Big Rivers battle.
Shelby Thorton and Lindsey Johnson each scored 10 points for the Mustangs (14-4, 8-3) while Kylie Mogen added eight.
Sophia Jonas led all scorers with 20 points for Hudson.
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Hayward 3, Chi-Hi/Menomonie 1
At Chippewa Falls, Chi-Hi/Menomonie was defeated by the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes went ahead with a third-period goal from Lauren Donellan at the 10-minute mark. Hayward (9-9-4) added an empty net goal in the final minute.
Maddie Hebert had the lone goal for Chi-Hi/Menomonie (7-13-2) in the first minute of the second period.
Caroline O’Dell secured 38 saves in goal.
Eau Claire North 66, Menomonie 50
At Menomonie, the Huskies pulled away from the Mustangs for a Big Rivers win.
Ethan Wurtzel had 12 points while Jace Kressin and Jake Ebert added 10 and nine, respectively, for Menomonie (7-10, 2-8).
Ashton Kallstrom and Bennett Mayer each scored 17 for the Huskies (12-5, 6-4).
Elmwood/Plum City 56, Boyceville 43
At Elmwood, the Bulldogs got 20 points from Brendan Sempf but fell in a Dunn-St. Croix Conference matchup.
Sempf made four 3-pointers and added four rebounds for Boyceville (2-12, 0-9). Logan Knudtson scored nine points and had eight rebounds.
Nic Forster scored 16 points for Elmwood/Plum City (6-11, 2-8).
Spring Valley 66, Elk Mound 59
At Elk Mound, the Cardinals topped the Mounders in a Dunn-St. Croix contest.
Brett Lew led Elk Mound (7-9, 5-4) with 18 points and Marcus Kinblom scored 16 with Nate Lew adding seven.
Dylan Bosshart had a game-high 24 points for the Cardinals (9-2, 11-6).
Durand 66, Colfax 46
At Durand, the Panthers outscored the Vikings 45-29 in the second half of a Dunn-St. Croix win.
Kameri Meredith had 12 points for the Vikings (14-4, 11-1 while adding six rebounds.
Durand (16-2, 11-1) pulls into a tie atop the conference with Colfax with the win.
Mondovi 60, Elk Mound 54
At Mondovi, the Mounders led at halftime but fell to the Buffaloes in Dunn-St. Croix play.
Morgan Radtke scored 18 points for the Mounders (12-6, 7-4) while Sydney Simpson, Hailey Blaskowski and Sophie Cedarblade each added eight points.
Ella Poeschel had 14 points for Mondovi (6-10, 5-6).
Boyceville 45, Spring Valley 37
At Spring Valley, the Bulldogs triumphed over the Cardinals in a Dunn-St. Croix game.
Emma Oullette had a game-high 14 points for the Bulldogs while Rachel Prestrud added 11.
Alyxis Johansen scored 12 for Spring Valley.