MHS gymnasts finish up big year

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Rob Reischel
Jordan Baggot and Middleton's girls gymnastics team competed at the state meet last weekend./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

In some ways, the results were almost secondary.

Middleton’s girls gymnastics team, a surprise participant at the WIAA Division 1 state meet held at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School, was truthfully fine with whatever happened.

“We were just happy to be at state,” Middleton coach Kari Steck.

And that made the outcome easy to digest.

Middleton finished 10th among 10 teams at the state team meet last Friday. Franklin captured the team title with a score of 148.2833, while Middleton was 10th at 130.7667.

Then during the individual meet Saturday, Middleton senior Jordan Baggot was 22nd in the all-around competition, while sophomore Taylor Engelkes was 23rd.

“I don't think the girls were nervous,” Steck said. “It was a great experience for a young team.”

Middleton certainly wasn’t at its best at the team meet. Then again, no one was complaining.

One week earlier, the Cardinals were enormous longshots to emerge from sectionals, but somehow surprised the field.

Middleton’s best event at state was the balance beam, where the Cardinals scored a 33.350. Baggot led the way with an 8.933, freshman Ella Mock scored an 8.167, sophomore Maddie Phaneuf scored an 8.133 and sophomore Emily Bernd had an 8.117.

The Cardinals had a 32.633 on the floor. Baggot led the way with an 8.950, Engelkes had an 8.283, Mock scored a 7.717 and junior Nicole Parkinson had a 7.683.

Baggot led the way on the vault with an 8.867, Engelkes had an 8.217, Bernd scored a 7.933 and junior Mattie Joers had a 7.90. Engelkes led Middleton on the uneven bars with an 8.233, Baggot scored an 8.183, Mock had a 7.867 and freshman Sami Swiersz scored a 7.583.

“We were very proud of the girls,” Steck said. “State judging is tough, and the pressure is tough. We really try to emphasize to the girls that state is about the experience, and that we're there to have fun, and that's exactly what they did.”

One day later, Baggot and Engelkes took part at the individual state meet.

Baggot was 17th on the floor exercise (8.950), 21st on the vault (8.817), scored an 8.550 on the balance beam and an 8.433 on the uneven bars.

Engelkes was 23rd on the beam (8.30), 27th on the uneven bars (8.150), 29th on the floor (8.50) and scored an 8.533 on the vault.

“Jordan and Taylor had so much fun on Saturday,” Steck said. “We have a great sectional group of coaches and gymnasts, so the atmosphere was great and supportive, even though they weren't with their usual teammates.

“Both girls hit all of their routines, and that's really all we can ask for. For Jordan, she definitely went out on a positive note. I don't think she's had a better floor routine than she had at state.”

Overall, Steck and the Cardinals were thrilled with their year.

“We were nervous at first having such a large team, but the girls really meshed well together and formed a supportive team,” Steck said. “I think Jordan played a huge role in that as a strong leader.

“That's really all we can ask for as a team. It was a young team this year, but the girls gained valuable experience and skills that have created a strong foundation for years to come.”

 

 

WIAA STATE MEET

At Wisconsin Rapids

March 1

State team competition

DIVISION 1

Team scores: Franklin 148.2833, Burlington 144.2167, Hartford 142.250, Hartland Arrowhead 141.6667, Waukesha West 139.9333, Hudson 137.2333, Manitowoc 134.0333, Marshfield 131.3167, Madison Memorial 131.300, Middleton 130.7667.

 

March 2

Saturday’s individual results

DIVISION 1

Balance beam: 1, Woida, Hartland Arrowhead, 9.483; 2, Anderson, Franklin co-op, 9.317; 3, Perkowski, Hartford, 9.267; 4, Nelson, Franklin, 9.183; 5 (tie), Wayer, Waukesha West co-op, and Murphy, Burlington co-op, 9.167; 7, Bartels, Holmen, 9.133; 8, Holland, Marshfield, 9.117; 9 (tie), Burns, West Bend West, and Pendleton, Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine, 9.067. 12, Hellen, Madison Memorial, 9.033; 18, Bender, Madison East/La Follette, 8.717; 19, DeAngeles, Madison West, 8.683; 23, Engelkes, Middleton, 8.300.

Floor exercise: 1, Perkowski, Hartford, 9.400; 2, Nelson, Franklin, 9.383; 3, Woida, Arrowhead, 9.350; 4 (tie), Wagner, Waukesha, and Lansing, La Crosse Logan/Central, 9.283; 6 (tie), Holland, Marshfield, Mularski, Hartford, and Missiaen, Franklin, 9.267; 9, Arnold, Grafton/Cedarburg, 9.250; 10 (tie), Bronson, Burlington, and Gebhardt, Mequon Homestead, 9.217. 15, Bender, Madison East/La Follette, 9.067; 17, Baggot, Middleton, 8.950; 28, Keller, Waunakee/DeForest, 8.633; 29, Engelkes, Middleton, 8.500; 30, DeAngeles, Madison West, 7.950.

Uneven bars: 1, Raskin, Mequon Homestead, 9.417; 2, Nelson, Franklin, 9.383; 3, Wong, Franklin, 9.367; 4, Moran, Waukesha, 9.350; 5, Holland, Marshfield, 9.317; 6, Missiaen, Franklin, 9.283; 7 (tie), Penney, Brookfield East/Central, and Doherty, Franklin, 9.233; 10, Hillman, Hudson, 9.133. 18, DeAngeles, Madison West, 8.733; 22, Rios, Madison Memorial, 8.483; 25, Powers, Waunakee/DeForest, 8.383; 26, Bender, Madison East/La Follette, 8.183; 27, Engelkes, Middleton, 8.150.

Vault: 1, Holland, Marshfield, 9.567; 2, Woida, Hartland Arrowhead, 9.467; 3, Bronson, Burlington, 9.450; 4, Malone, Glendale Nicolet, 9.317; 5, Mularski, Hartford, 9.283; 6 (tie), Todd, Menomonee Falls co-op, and Zeller, Kenosha Tremper co-op, 9.25; 8, Nelson, Franklin, 9.233; 9 (tie), Anderson, Franklin, Doherty, Franklin, and Hillman, Hudson, 9.167. 21, Baggot, Middleton, 8.817; 22, Hellen, Madison Memorial, 8.750; 24, Keller, Waunakee/DeForest, 8.550; 25, Dohnal, Verona/Madison Edgewood, 8.517; 26, Veak, Verona/Madison Edgewood, 8.300.

All-around: 1, Holland, Marshfield, 37.267; 2, Woida, Arrowhead, 37.233; 3, Nelson, Franklin, 37.183; 4, Perkowski, Hartford, 36.950; 5, Mularski, Hartford, 36.800; 6, Anderson, Franklin, 36.550; 7, Missiaen, Franklin, 36.517; 8, Malone, Glendale Nicolet, 36.484; 9, Gebhardt, Homestead, 36.383; 10, Penney, Brookfield, 36.367. 19, Bender, Madison East/La Follette, 34.933; 22, Baggot, Middleton, 34.750; 23, Engelkes, Middleton, 33.483; 24, DeAngeles, Madison West, 33.383; 25, Carlson, Madison Memorial, 32.717.

 

 

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