Gymnasts 2nd at Southwestern Invite

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Rob Reischel
Katherine Marshall and Middleton’s gymnastics team finished second at last Saturday’s Southwestern Invitational./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

For Kari Steck, it was a happy homecoming.

For Middleton’s girls gymnastics team, it was a day of growth, progress and perhaps some surprising results.

Middleton finished second at the Southwestern Invite last Saturday, despite missing four varsity performers due to a music trip and family events.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau won the event with a 135.6 team score, while Middleton posted its highest team score of the season and finished second at 135.425.

Holmen was third (130.875), Monona Grove was fourth (127.4) and Reedsburg was fifth (110.525).

“We were missing quite a few girls who are typically key players,” said Steck, a graduate of Southwestern High School. “However, the girls still pulled off their highest season score, which really speaks to the depth on the team this year. The girls continuously step up and support each other, and it shows.”

Middleton junior Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the all-around competition with a 37.275. Chloe Young was fifth (33.35) in the all-around and Dani Aranda was seventh (32.375).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the vault with a 9.50, while Young was fourth (8.75). Ashley Bindl and Dani Aranda tied for 16th (8.35).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the bars (9.30) and Young was seventh (8.0). Katherine Marshall was 14th (7.70) and Aranda was 16th (7.30).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the beam (9.25) and Marshall was fifth (8.425). Aranda was sixth (8.375) and Young was eighth (8.10).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn also won the floor exercise (9.225) and Young was fifth (8.50). Aranda was eighth (8.35) and Tyler Benedict was 13th (7.95).

“I think every girl on the team hit a personal-best score on at least one event, which is amazing,” Steck said. “It just shows what’s in store for the Cardinals as we enter February and tournament season.”

Middleton’s JV team also finished second in its only invite of the season. Making that accomplishment even more impressive is the Cardinals had several JV performers move up to varsity due to absences inside that lineup.

“It is so much fun to see girls who typically compete only JV be able to experience the feeling of an 11-team invitational,” Steck said. “Several of the varsity girls have asked if we can have our Cardinal Invitational be a JV invitational as well, which I think really speaks to the camaraderie on the team. They really thrive off the support from each other, and it's neat to see.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Madison Memorial Thursday at 6 p.m., then heads to the Madison Memorial Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.


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