Gymnasts win Southwestern Invite

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Rob Reischel
Chloe Young helped Middleton’s girls gymnastics team win the Southwestern Invite./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Kari Steck is always positive and full of optimism.

So when Steck raves about her girls gymnastics team at Middleton High School — as she inevitably will — you’re never quite sure if it’s the whole truth or not.

Turns out when it comes to Steck’s enthusiasm this year, there’s not one iota of fake news.

Middleton finished first among Division 1 schools at the Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton Invite last Saturday.

Middleton finished with 138.55 points, while Mount Horeb was second at 133.30. Holmen was third (132.875), Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster was fourth (125.675) and Reedsburg was fifth (107.475).

Making the day ever sweeter for Steck was the meet was held at Southwestern High School — her alma mater.

“Saturday brought one of my favorite invites at my old high school,” Steck said. “We were expecting a good meet, but a (138.55) exceeded our expectations. The girls hit their routines, and it paid off.”

Middleton’s Chloe Young won the all-around title with a 34.375, while Jordan Baggot was fourth (33.425) and Taylor Engelkes was sixth (33.10).

Karina Sabol was first on the balance beam (9.375), while Young was third (8.625), Engelkes was sixth (8.250) and Kimora Williams was seventh (8.175).

Sabol scored a sizzling 9.650 and won the floor exercise. Baggot was third (8.70), Young was eighth (8.450) and Engelkes was 11th (8.125).

Middleton dominated the vault, where Baggot finished first (9.10), Sabol was second (8.850), Williams was third (8.650) and Young was sixth (8.575).

Young was first on the uneven bars (8.725), while Engelkes was third (8.575), Baggot was fourth (8.475) and Williams was 10th (8.250).

“Karina has been such an amazing addition to the team,” Steck said. “Her presence in the gym is fantastic. She is the hardest working gymnast I've ever had the privilege of coaching. She is such a strong leader, and so knowledgeable and willing to help the younger girls out with pointers.

“I think (Sabol) really raises the bar at MHS, and the other girls really look up to her. We're so lucky this year to have such strong varsity leaders on the team like Sabol, Chloe Young, and Jordan Baggot.”

Middleton also defeated Janesville Craig, 137.750-120.925 last Thursday.

Sabol finished first on the floor exercise (9.625), the beam (9.50) and the vault (9.30).

Young was second on the floor exercise (8.550), Baggot was third (8.550) and Engelkes was fourth (8.10).

Baggot was second on the beam (8.850), while Young was third (8.70) and Engelkes was sixth (7.40).

Baggot was second on the vault (8.750), Young was third (8.70) and Engelkes was sixth (8.40).

Young also was first on the uneven bars (8.675), while Baggot was second (8.325), Engelkes was third (8.175) and Williams was fifth (7.90).

“That was a great meet for the girls, because it showed them exactly what they are capable of,” Steck said. “We scored the season high, and that was with some missed connections and little tenths here and there, which add up quickly.”



Division 1

Team scores: Middleton 138.550, Mount Horeb 133.300, Holmen 132.875, Platteville/B/L 125.675, Reedsburg 107.475.

Vault —1, Baggot, M, 9.100; 2, Sabol, M, 8.850; 3, Williams, M, 8.650. Uneven bars — 1, Young, M, 8.725; 2, Dahm, MH,  8.625; 3, Engelkes, M, 8.575. Balance beam — 1, Sabol, M, 9.375; 2, Burns, H, 8.650; 3, Young, M, 8.635. Floor exercise — 1, Sabol, M, 9.650; 2, Burns, H, 9.100; 3, Baggot, M, 8.700. All-around — 1, Young, M, 34.375; 2, Burns, H, 34.275; 3, Alberts, MH, 33.750.


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