Pflasterer-Jennerjohn leads gymnasts

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Rob Reischel
Middleton junior Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the all-around competition at the Mount Horeb Invite last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn put on a show Saturday afternoon.

The rest of Middleton’s young and gifted girls gymnastics team showed that their future is incredibly bright, as well.

At the star-studded Mount Horeb Invite, Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the all-around title with a sensational individual score of 37.075. Pflasterer-Jennerjohn’s big day helped the Cardinals finish third among seven teams.

Whitefish Bay won the invite with a 139.10 team score. Sun Prairie was second (135.8250) and Middleton was third (134.450).

“The first invitational is always a tricky one, especially this year when we have a young team,” Middleton coach Kari Steck said. “Invitationals are completely different than anything else — dual meets or club meets. But the girls handled the pressure very gracefully.”

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn had a huge day winning the uneven bars (9.275) and balance beam (9.20). Pflasterer-Jennerjohn was also second on the vault (9.250) and third on the floor (9.350).

“Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn had one of her best meets I can remember, with one of her highest all-around totals,” Steck said. “For a gymnast to hit all four events with 9's across the board is pretty amazing. Of the 13 other teams (across two divisions), no other gymnast did that.”

Middleton had several other solid performances, as well.

Senior Ellen Cottingham was 11th on the uneven bars (8.050), sophomore Chloe Young was 17th (7.850) and senior Katherine Marshall was 21st (7.70).

Young was 15th on the balance beam (8.10), while freshman Jordan Baggot was 19th and Marshall was 21st (7.750).

Marshall was 20th on the vault (8.075), Baggot was 21st (8.050) and junior Dani Aranda was 24th (7.950).

Marshall was also 15th on the floor exercise (8.70), while Cottingham and Baggot tied for 18th (8.60).

Both Young and sophomore Eleanor Mackey are working their way back from sprained ankles. Both gymnasts will eventually compete in multiple events, and when that happens, Steck believes her team will be even more dangerous.

“Sun Prairie was our conference competition last year, and they are strong again this year,” Steck said. “It's significant to have two strong gymnasts out — especially on vault, which is usually one of our highest scoring events.  

“It is good to know that we haven’t peaked yet, whereas teams like Sun Prairie are starting the year high and at max strength.”

Middleton also defeated Janesville Craig, 134.80-129.60 last Thursday.

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the all-around competition with a 35.850, while Baggot was second (33.175) and Marshall was third (32.750).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the uneven bars with a 9.050, while Cottingham was second (8.30). Young was third (8.250) and Baggot was fifth (8.0).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn also won the floor exercise (9.10) and Baggot was third (8.450). Marshall was fourth (8.425) and Cottingham was fifth (8.40).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the vault with a 9.075, while Marshall was sixth (8.325), Baggot was seventh (8.125) and Aranda was ninth (7.850).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn was also second on the beam (8.625), while Baggot was third (8.60), Aranda was fifth (8.175) and Marshall was sixth (8.050)

• On deck: Middleton hosts Janesville Parker Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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