MHS gymnasts set for state

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Rob Reischel
Jordan Baggot and Middleton’s girls gymnastics team won the Madison Memorial Sectional last Saturday and qualified for state./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

They are peaking at the perfect time.

And if the rest of the state hasn’t noticed, they’ll most likely see for themselves this weekend.

Middleton’s girls gymnastics team gave a memorable performance and won the Madison Memorial Sectional last Saturday. The Cardinals posted a season-high score of 140.7250 and edged runner-up Sun Prairie (139.9250) for the title.

Middleton also earned seven of the 25 possible placements for individual state.

The top two teams and top five individuals in each event at sectionals advanced to the state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Fieldhouse.

The state team competition begins Friday at 2 p.m., while the individual state competition starts Saturday at 11 a.m.

“This group has been so much fun to be around,” Middleton coach Kari Steck said. “They’re making it a special season.”

Middleton’s performance at sectionals was awfully special.

Junior Jordan Baggot was fifth in the all-around competition with a 35.475 and earned the last spot at state. Senior Chloe Young (35.075) and freshman Taylor Engelkes (33.625) were also sixth and 11th, respectively.

Junior Karina Sabol was second on the vault (9.40) and Baggot was fifth (8.875), as both Cardinals earned trips to state in that event. Young added a 10th place finish (8.650), while junior Ashley Bindl was 20th (8.325).

Middleton dominated the balance beam, where Baggot was first (9.425), Sabol was second (9.225) and Young was fifth (9.075) and all three earned trips to state. Engelkes added a 10th place finish (8.675).

Sabol rolled to a first place finish on the floor exercise (9.525) and earned a trip to state in that event. Young added a sixth place finish (9.10), Baggot was seventh (9.025) and Engelkes was 13th (8.650).

And on the uneven bars, Engelkes was 12th (8.30), Young was 14th (8.25), Baggot was 15th (8.150) and freshman Allie Rice was 17th (8.075).

“This has been a great team to be a part of,” Sabol said. “It really has been … and we’re all excited for what’s still to come.”

What’s to come is a chance for big things at state.

Co-op teams from Franklin and Burlington are the odds-on favorites to win the state title. Nicolet and Arrowhead will also be bringing formidable teams to state.

But Middleton certainly seems poised for a big showing.

“Our goal is to be the champion from the schools that don’t have co-ops,” Steck said. “We think that’s very realistic. The girls have come a long ways this year … and we just want to finish strong.”

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