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By Paul Lecker
Marshfield loses to Wisconsin Rapids
Marshfield freshman Myles Jensen won a pair of events and was a member of a winning relay team, but the Tigers fell short of a team win, losing a Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meet to Wisconsin Rapids 91-79 at Marshfield High School on Dec. 18.
The meet was a home event for Wisconsin Rapids, which is in the midst of remodeling its pool at Lincoln High School.
Jensen won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.96 and the 500 freestyle in 5:33.93. He also teamed with Jacob Dick, Nathan Albanito, and Ethan Dagit to win the 200 medley relay in 1:57.03.
Dagit had Marshfield’s other race win, taking first in the 100 freestyle in 57.17 seconds.
Wisconsin Rapids won the final four races to pull out the team win after Marshfield had taken the lead, following Jensen’s win in the 500.
Finn Wolf won the 200 IM (2:19.43) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.31), and was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that won in 1:42.77 to lead the Raiders.
Stevens Point edges Marshfield
Marshfield dropped its Great Northern Conference opening dual meet to Stevens Point 133.375-130.7 on Tuesday at Marshfield High School.
Marshfield’s Isabelle Jensen won the balance beam with a score of 8.7 for the Tigers’ lone victory in the four events.
Stevens Point’s Olivia Clemens won the all-around with a score of 34.55, including event victories in the vault (9.0) and uneven bars (8.3).
Melanie Hafenbredl was second in the uneven bars (9.25), Emma Haugen was third in the vault (8.8), and Jensen and Brooke McGrath tied for third in the floor exercise (8.5), for the Tigers’ other top-three finishes.
“Stevens Point took the win tonight, but we have definitely closed the gap in comparison to where we used to place against them in the past,” Marshfield coach Allie Dryer said. “Emma had a muscle pull and ended up not competing beam and floor, two events where she is a strong contender for conference titles, which probably affected our team score.
“I was very impressed though with Makenna Yeske stepping into a varsity beam spot, and Melanie Hafenbredl’s first night on varsity floor tonight, this season. Isabelle Jensen had a great meet tonight winning the beam.”
Marshfield falls to East/Merrill
Marshfield had its four-game winning streak snapped, as it dropped a 2-1 decision to Wausau East/Merrill in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game on Dec. 19 at the Marshfield Area Ice Arena.
East/Merrill (2-6, 1-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) scored twice in the second period to break open a scoreless game, and held off a late charge from Marshfield (6-6, 0-3 WVC).
Seth Peterson scored with 5:47 remaining in the game for Marshfield to cut the deficit to 2-1, but the Tigers couldn’t get another goal across.