Pflasterer-Jennerjohn wins all-around title

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Rob Reischel
Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the all-around title at last Saturday's Madison Memorial Invitational./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn has aced every test thrown her way this season.

Her toughest exam came last Saturday at the star-studded Madison Memorial Invite. And once again, Pflasterer-Jennerjohn was up to the challenge.

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the all-around competition with a season-best score of 37.775. Pflasterer-Jennerjohn edged runner-up Erin Scholz of Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall, who scored a 37.50.

“For Madeline to come in and claim first in all-around was huge,” Cardinals coach Kari Steck said. “It was a huge confidence boost for her.

“She is such a humble kid, and she puts much weight on places or scores, but rather on the quality of her routines. It's really a great thing for the younger gymnasts on the team to see. She is such a team player.”

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn’s big day helped Middleton finish third at the eight-team meet. The Cardinals posted a season-best score of 139.750.

“I think we all thought this would be a ‘young, growing’ year for the team,” Steck said. “So for the girls to put out the highest team score Middleton has seen in many years is huge.

“We've always had the end goal of qualifying for state as a team, but now it's looking like we might be able to make a splash at state pending that qualification. The girls just need to keep doing what they are doing — because it's working.”

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn had a terrific day, highlighted by a first place finish on the floor exercise (9.550). Pflasterer-Jennerjohn was also second on the balance beam (9.225), the uneven bars (9.550) and the vault (9.450).

Middleton also counted an 8.750 from freshman Jordan Baggot on the balance beam, an 8.650 from junior Dani Aranda and an 8.650 from senior Katherine Marshall.

On the floor exercise, Baggot scored an 8.90, senior Ellen Cottingham had an 8.625 and Marshall scored an 8.50.

Cottingham scored an 8.450 on the uneven bars, sophomore Chloe Young notched an 8.350 and Marshall scored an 8.0.

And on the vault, Marshall scored an 8.450, Young had an 8.425 and freshman Ashley Bindl scored an 8.050.

“It's great to have the new skills the girls have been working so hard on come together in this last month of the season,” Steck said. “It really shows how hard they work.”

Middleton also defeated Madison Memorial, 134.350-129.80 last Thursday.

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the all-around competition with a 36.50, while Young was third (32.40) and Aranda was fifth (31.550).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn finished first on the balance beam (9.30) and Young was second (8.40). Aranda tied for third (8.30) and Baggot was sixth (8.10).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the uneven bars (8.90), while Cottingham was second (8.50). Young was fifth (7.850) and Eleanor Mackey was seventh (7.40).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn also won the vault (9.40) and Young was third (8.40). Baggot was fifth (8.250) and freshman Ashley Bindl was 10th (8.10).

Pflasterer-Jennerjohn was also second on the floor exercise (8.90) and Baggot was fifth (8.250). Aranda and Cottingham both tied for sixth (8.150)

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