Gymnasts win Middleton Invite

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Rob Reischel
Chloe Young and Middleton's girls gymnastics team won their own invite on Feb. 3./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The girls state gymnastics meet remains three weeks away.

But it’s not too early to start talking about Middleton as one of the schools capable of making a run at greatness.

Middleton won its own invitational on Feb. 3 and made quite a statement in the process.

The Cardinals finished with 138.925 points and outdistanced traditional power Waukesha co-op (137.925) for the title. After the win, Middleton jumped to No. 3 in the latest state rankings.

“The girls keep improving and their hard work continues to pay off,” Middleton coach Kari Steck said. “So it's pretty exciting going into tournament season in the next couple weeks.”

Middleton had a bevy of sensational performances on its way to the title.

Cardinals junior standout Karina Sabol won the balance beam with a 9.725 and senior Chloe Young was sixth with a 9.0. Sophomore Kimmy Williams was eighth (8.90) and junior Ashley Bindl was 16th (8.375).

Sabol also won the floor exercise with a 9.70, while Young was 10th (9.0), freshman Taylor Engelkes was 11th (8.825) and junior Jordan Baggot was 12th (8.80).

Sabol was also first on the vault (9.40), while Baggot tied for third (8.650), Bindl was fifth (8.550) and Young was eighth (8.350).

Young was fourth on the uneven bars (8.350), Baggot was 12th (7.950), Engelkes was 19th (7.70) and freshman Allie Rice was 20th (7.650).

Young finished third in the all-around competition (34.70), while Baggot was seventh (33.250) and Williams was 10th (33.0).

“We couldn't have won the invite without the support from every team member,” Steck said. “Both JV and varsity had some of the best routines they have had all year.

“A lot of girls are adding new skills into their routines to increase the difficulty of their routines, and the Cardinal Invite is such a great time for them to showcase how hard they have been working. To win our own invite is just the cherry on top, and really affirms to the girls that their hard work is paying off.”

The co-op of Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall is ranked No. 1 in the state, while the co-op of Burlington/Badger/Union Grove/Williams Bay/Wilmot Union is No. 2. Those teams — made up of multiple schools — have been largely untouchable in recent years.

Those schools will once again be heavy favorites when the state meet arrives March 2-3. But Middleton — a team made up of girls from its own school and only its own school — figures to make plenty of noise, as well.

“The co-ops have just created this beast of teams who are untouchable,” Steck said. “So for a single school like ours to beat a top ranked co-op (Waukesha) is pretty amazing, and something we really celebrate with the girls.

“It also makes us start thinking about the state meet in March. As coaches we joke about there being a ‘co-op division’ and a ‘non-co-op division’, but we could potentially make quite a splash overall.”

Middleton also defeated Madison West, 131.675-128.40, last Thursday. The Cardinals were extremely shorthanded due to a flu bug that’s hit the team and competed without Sabol and Baggot.

But Middleton still had enough to sneak past the Regents.

Bindl won the vault (8.575) and Williams won the floor exercise (8.350), while Young was second in the all-around (33.70).

“I've been talking since the fall about the depth on our team this year,” Steck said. “And it's pretty amazing when two of your top scorers do not compete in a meet and you still win against a good conference team like West.

“We really have a strong group of JV gymnasts who are willing and able to step in at any moment to fill shoes, and shoes like Karina and Jordan's are big to fill. Chloe Young has been a consistent rock for us this year as a senior varsity all around. She loves the sport so much, and her passion shows. She really led the team to the win.”




Team scores: Middleton 138.925, Waukesha North co-op 137.925, West Salem co-op 136.8, Mukwonago co-op 133.25, Madison West 126.925, Platteville co-op 125.475, Madison Edgewood 120.5, Wis. Rapids 112.4.

Vault: 1, Lytle, WN, 8.850; 2, Baggot, Mi,8.650; 3, DeAngeles, MW, 8.500. Bars: 1, Tschumper, WS, 9.100; 2, Christiansen, Mu, 8.825; 3, Lytle, WN, 8.475. Beam: 1, Pendleton, Mu, 9.325; 2, Williams, WN, 9.250; 3, Young, Mi, 9.000. Floor exercise: 1, Tschumper, WS, 9.300; 2, Lytle, WN, 9.250; 3, Pendleton, Mu, 9.125. All-around: 1, Tschumper, WS, 35.750; 2, Lytle, 34.875; 3, Young, Mi, 34.700.



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