Gymnasts 2nd at Big 8 meet

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Rob Reischel
Ellen Cottingham and Middleton's girls gymnastics team finished second at the the Big Eight Conference meet last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton and Sun Prairie.

Sun Prairie and Middleton.

The two Big Eight Conference powers traded blows all season long — and they might not be done yet.

Sun Prairie landed the latest shot, edging Middleton for the Big Eight Conference title last Saturday. Sun Prairie won the meet with 139.0750 points and snuck past Middleton, which posted a 138.950.

Madison Memorial was a distant third at 134.050.

The two conference powers will go their separate ways at sectionals this weekend, but could meet again at the state meet March 4-5.

“We weren’t disappointed with second,” Middleton coach Kari Steck said. “We simply wanted the girls to go out and do their best and have fun. They did both.

“Sun Prairie and Middleton have been neck and neck all year, and losing by 0.15 is so close. We would rather have it be close than a five-point loss, so we considered it a very successful meet.”

Middleton junior Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn was her brilliant self, winning the all-around title with a score of 37.525. Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won the floor exercise (9.575) and the uneven bars (9.425), was third on the vault (9.350) and third on the balance beam (9.175).

Middleton’s Chloe Young tied for sixth on the uneven bars (8.350), Ellen Cottingham was eighth (8.250) and Eleanor Mackey was 11th (8.050).

Jordan Baggot was 11th on the beam (8.550), Dani Aranda was 12th (8.450) and Katherine Marshall was 13th (8.40).

Baggot was eighth on the floor (8.80), Marshall was 11th (8.725) and Young was 14th (8.60).

And on the vault, Marshall was 13th (8.60), Ashley Bindl was 19th (8.40) and Young was 23rd (8.250).

Middleton now heads to the Madison Memorial Sectional Saturday beginning at 11:10 a.m. The Cardinals will be trying to reach the state meet for a fifth straight year and the 20th time in school history.

“The pressure of conference is new to many of the girls, especially a young group like we have this year,” Steck said. “It’s a good ‘warm up’ for sectionals, where the pressure is more intense.”

Middleton also defeated Verona-Madison Edgewood, 129.350-124.7250, last Tuesday.

Chloe Young was second in the all-around competition (32.875) and Katherine Marshall was third (32.650).

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