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Four Cats heading to state

Wildcat senior Maddie Seyffer, in front, and freshmen Isabel Seyffer, Eva Mikla and Madison Berg, will all compete at the WIAA State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison this Friday, Nov. 10. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Wildcat senior Maddie Seyffer qualified for the WIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships for the second straight year and will be joined by three freshman divers when the Division 2 meet gets underway Friday, Nov. 10 in Madison.

Seyffer placed fourth in the 500 yard freestyle at the sectional meet at UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Nov. 3 to earn a return trip to state while freshmen Eva Mikla, Madison Berg and Isabel Seyffer swept the top three spots at the diving sectional the night before in Hudson.

Maddie Seyffer entered last Saturday's sectional with the 30th fastest time in the state in the 500 freestyle before cutting nearly 17 full seconds off her time to finish in 5 minutes, 51.12 seconds and earn one of the 16 state qualifying spots.

Seyffer finished 14th at state last year with a time of 5:33.83.

"We knew we had our work cut out for us and Maddie came through big time," Wildcat coach Dennis Dadashev said. "The big thing was that she didn't let those rankings affect her going into the meet and that's why she had the great swim."

Mikla won the Division 2 diving sectional Friday night, Nov. 3, in Hudson with a score of 398.35 while Berg was right behind in second place with 390.9. Isabel Seyffer finished third with 379.2 to join her classmates in the 16-diver field at state.

River Falls finished third in the final sectional team standings with 224 points. Tomahawk won the team title with 345 followed by Rice Lake with 269.

The diving portion of the WIAA Division 2 State Championships will be held Friday, Nov 10, at 2:30 p.m. and the swimming at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.

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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