Gymnasts win Big 8 title

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Rob Reischel
Kimora Williams and Middleton’s girls gymnastics team won the Big Eight title on Feb. 17./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Sun Prairie’s streak is over.

And Middleton hopes it has started one of its own.

Middleton won the Big Eight Conference girls gymnastics meet Saturday. Middleton scored 138.550 points and edged three-time defending champion Sun Prairie (137.825) for the title.

Madison West (131.075), Madison Memorial (130.1) and Janesville Craig (123.05) rounded out the top five.

“It was pretty huge to win conference,” Middleton coach Kari Steck said. “We have had a back and forth battle with Sun Prairie for the past several years.

“They have a strong team again this year, and going into the last event we were tied neck and neck. We got together right before vault and told the girls to go out and do their best and have fun, and that's exactly what they did. We had the highest vault total of the day, and that's what we needed to slide past Sun Prairie.”

Middleton junior Karina Sabol had a memorable day. Sabol won the balance beam (9.70) and the floor exercise (9.575), and was second on the vault (9.350).

“Karina's confidence is growing, and it shows meet after meet,” Steck said. “She is so consistent. She is such a strong leader and a team player. She works so hard during practices, and motivates the team to work harder.”

Middleton’s Chloe Young was third in the all-around competition (34.825), while Jordan Baggot was sixth (34.225).

“Chloe and Jordan are also strong leaders on the team,” Steck said. “They are so positive and encourage every teammate to do their best and have fun. Both Jordan and Chloe have increased the difficulty of their routines significantly by adding new skills.” 

In addition to Sabol’s showing on the balance beam, Young was fourth (9.10), Taylor Engelkes was 13th (8.30) and Baggot was 14th (8.250).

Sabol was first on the floor, while Baggot was fourth (9.150), Young was eighth (8.525) and Engelkes was 13th (8.325).

Young was third on the uneven bars (8.250), while Baggot was ninth (7.925), Engelkes was 12th (7.825) and Allie Rice was 14th (7.775).

And after Sabol’s second place finish on the vault, Young was fourth (8.950), Baggot was fifth (8.90) and Ashley Bindl was seventh (8.650).

Middleton now heads to the Madison Memorial Sectional Saturday at 11 a.m. The state meet is March 2-3 at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Fieldhouse.

“This group of girls works so hard, and it is paying off for them,” Steck said. “I attribute much of our success as a team to the strong leadership we have.”


Feb. 17

Big Eight Conference Meet

Team scores: Middleton 138.550; 2, Sun Prairie 137.825; 3, Madison West 131.075; 4, Madison Memorial 130.1; 5, Janesville Craig 123.05; 6, Verona/Madison Edgewood 121.725; 7, Madison East/La Follette 117.15; 8, Janesville Parker 108.175.

Vault: 1, Turner, MEL, 9.5; 2, Sabol, Mid, 9.35; 3, Lane, Sun, 9.175; 4, Young, Mid, 8.95; 5, Baggot, Mid, 8.9; 6, McDermott, Sun, 8.8; 7 (tie), Riggins, MM, and Bindl, Mid, 8.65.

Uneven bars: 1 (tie), Turner, MEL, and McDermott, SP, 8.45; 3, Young, Mid, 8.25; 4, Nowicki, Sun, 8.2; 5, Lane, Sun, 8.175; 6, DeAngeles, MW, 8.15; 7, Johnston, Sun, 8.075; 8, Donkle, MM, 8.0.

Floor exercise: 1, Sabol, Mid, 9.575; 2, Lane, Sun, 9.45; 3, Turner, MEL, 9.175; 4, Baggot, Mid, 9.15; 5 (tie), Stalsberg, JC, and McDermott, Sun, 8.8; 7, Donkle, MM, 8.675; 8, Young, Mid, 8.525.

Balance beam: 1, Sabol, Mid, 9.7; 2, Lane, SP, 9.2; 3, Donkle, MM, 9.15; 4, Young, Mid, 9.1; 5, Turner, MEL, 9.025; 6, DeAngeles, MW, 8.9; 7, Igic, MW, 8.8; 8, Studier, Sun, 8.7.

All-around: 1, Turner, MEL, 36.150; 2, Lane, Sun, 36.000; 3, Young, Mid, 34.825; 4, McDermott, Sun, 34.450; 5, Donkle, MM, 34.325; 6, Baggot, Mid, 34.225; 7, DeAngeles, MW, 33.925; 8, Nowicki, Sun, 33.400.


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