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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s Jordan Baggot won the all-around championship at the Middleton Invite./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Amazingly, the postseason is just two weeks away for the state’s girls’ gymnastics teams.

And after a subpar performance at the Madison Memorial Invite recently, Middleton head coach Kari Steck gathered her Cardinals for a pep talk.

“After the Spartan Invite (on Jan. 26), we sat down with the team and discussed what their potential was and the effort needed to get there,” Steck said. “Every girl has added new, more difficult skills into their routines to up their start values.”

It paid off in spades last Saturday.

Middleton had one of its best performances of the year and finished third at its own eight-team invitational.

Waukesha West’s co-op won the title with 138.1 points, while Mukwonago/East Troy was second at 132.35 and the Cardinals were third at (131.875).

“We were really proud of the team's performance at the Cardinal Invite,” Steck said. “We have four weeks of season left, and now is the time when the girls are perfecting the skills, so I anticipate seeing our team scores continuing to rise as the team becomes more comfortable with their new skills and routines. The Cardinal Invite was a direct reflection of that.”

Middleton senior Jordan Baggot had a sensational day and won the all-around championship with a 34.95 score.

Baggot was second on the vault (8.80), third on the balance beam (9.10), third on the floor exercise (8.90) and seventh on the uneven bars (8.150).

“It was great to see Jordan win all around, especially against a couple of the bigger, more powerful co-ops in the state like Waukesha Combined and Mukwonago/East Troy/Kettle Moraine,” Steck said. “I think it's a great confidence boost for her going into conference and sectionals, and gives her something bigger to work for that is definitely an accomplishable goal.”

Middleton sophomore Taylor Engelkes also had a big day and was fifth in the all-around.

Engelkes was ninth on the uneven bars (8.075), 10th on the vault (8.250), 14th on the balance beam (8.650) and 17th on the floor exercise (8.250).

“Taylor Engelkes is such a strong competitor for us as well,” Steck said. “She finished fifth all around, which just like Jordan, I think is very good for her confidence. She works so hard and has added a lot of difficulty through new skills into her routines in the past month.”

Middleton freshman Ella Mock was seventh on the balance beam (8.950), while sophomore Emily Bernd was 13th on the beam (8.750). Mock and Bernd both tied for 27th on the floor (7.750).

Mock was 19th on the uneven bars (7.450) and freshman Sami Swiersz was 28th (7.10). And Bernd was 21st on the vault (8.150), while juniors Mattie Joers and Nicole Parkinson tied for 35th (7.80).

Overall, it was a terrific day for the Cardinals, who are at Verona Thursday at 6 p.m., then host Madison Memorial Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Middleton is at the Big Eight Conference meet Feb. 16 at Janesville Craig High School at 10:15 a.m. The Cardinals are then at the La Crosse Logan Sectional Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.

With the postseason fast approaching, the Middleton Invite was a perfect time for the Cardinals to get back on track.

“Overall I would say our biggest highlight of the meet was the team's beam performance,” Steck said of the Middleton Invite. “The girls had the highest team score on beam of the season, with several personal best scores, and I think this was a much-needed confidence boost for them. They have been working so hard and we really just need to continue that through the next four weeks.”

 

Feb. 2

MIDDLETON INVITATIONAL

Team scores: Waukesha West co-op 138.1; Mukwonago/East Troy 132.35; Middleton 131.875; West Salem co-op 131.625; Madison West 129.75; Verona/Madison Edgewood 128.8; Platteville co-op 121.2; Wisconsin Rapids 108.65.

All-around — 1, Baggot, MI, 34.95; 2, Lytle, WW, 34.8; 3, DeAngeles, MW, 33.475; 4, Meszarosch, MET, 33.3; 5, Engelkes, MI, 33.225.

Vault — 1, Wayer, WW, 9; 2 (tie), Baggot, MI; Meszarosch, MET, 8.8; 4, Jaworski, MET, 8.75; 5, Balicki, WW, 8.65.

Uneven bars — 1, Wagner, WW, 8.5; 2, Veak, VME, 8.45; 3, Lytle, WW, 8.3; 4, DeAngeles, MW, 8.275; 5, Krause, WS, 8.25.

Balance beam — 1, Pendleton, MET, 9.25; 2, Jaworski, MET, 9.15; 3, Baggot, MI, 9.1; 4 (tie), Wagner, WW; Lytle, WW; Dionne, MET, 9.05.

Floor exercise — 1, Wagner, WW, 9.1; 2, Lytle, WW, 9; 3, Baggot, MI, 8.9; 4; Kiehl, WW, 8.85; 5, Wayer, WW, 8.75.

 

 

 

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