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River Falls swimmers, divers finish mid-field at WIAA state competition

River Falls junior Alex Haskins launches from the lane 2 platform in the second leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay -- the 12th and final event of the night. The Wildcat squad finished 15th of 16 teams.2 / 5
River Falls divers Nate Wronski and T.J. Baldini pose with coach Roxie Van de Water after competition Friday afternoon.3 / 5
River Falls and Whitefish Bay were the only two schools with two divers who reached D2 state competition. T.J. Baldini watches as Nate Wronski executes one of 11 dives each boy had to perform. Steve Dzubay photos.4 / 5
River Falls team members and coaches who competed in Friday's WIAA finals pose for a casual photo ahead of the meet start at 6:30 p.m.5 / 5

Swimmers from River Falls made just one trip to the award platforms Friday night with Tom Ramquist earning 5th in the 50-yard freestyle event but divers T.J. Baldini and Nate Wronski placed 10th and 12th, respectively, in the field of 16 Division 2 competitors.

The team finished 10th and 15th, respectively, in 200- and 400-yard relay contests.

In team rankings, River Falls finished 18th among 30 teams in Friday's WIAA swim & dive championships.

Swimmers from Hudson were to compete Saturday afternoon in the Division 1 championships.

Overall winner Monona Grove boys swimming team won their first state title in program history with a total score of 258 points. This was 49 points ahead of second place Edgewood Sacred Heart.

Monona Grove was led by seniors Tyler Roehr and Mitchell Paull. Roehr won the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:53.35 and placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.54. He also contributed to the winning 200 medley and freestyle relays. His anchor split of 20.67 on the 200 freestyle relay was the fastest 50 freestyle split of the meet. Paull came out of the first heat to place third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.95 and also placed third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.10. He was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay as well as the second place 400 freestyle relay.

Edgewood was led by junior Jack McLaughlin who scored 29 individual points. McLaughlin placed third in the 50 freestyle in a time of 22.09 and sixth in the 100 freestyle in a time of 48.87. He was also a part of Edgewood's fourth place 200 medley relay and their sixth place 200 freestyle relay. Sophomore diver Milo Lingard also finshed third for Edgewood with a score of 358.05.