BY CELA MIGAN —
Hanging up their leotards for the season, the girls gymnastics team finished with an overall score of 121 points at the sectionals on February 26 at Whitefish Bay High School. As a whole, the girls took sixth place.
“Overall, most of the girls had their best performances of the year,” said Samantha Schilling, head coach.Madison Heindl, freshman, competed in bars and beam and scored her highest score on beam.
“I think the team did pretty well; there was definitely room for improvement, but we did well,” Heindl said. In preparation for sectionals, the team focused on practicing all of their routines, rehearsing floor routines and made sure that they knew all of the specific requirements they needed.
“It was cool because some of the girls threw in more difficult elements to increase their start value,” Schilling said. Eliana Wasserman, senior, and Matia Williams, Katie Brusnahan and Izzie Tasse, juniors, competed in all four events. Each girl received her highest all-around score, and Wasserman scored over a half point higher than normal on her floor routine.
Tasse placed fifth on beam, qualifying for the state meet. “I really didn’t expect much out of it,” Tasse said. “I wanted to do the best that I could and I wanted to get the highest score that I could but I definitely was not expecting to make it to State.”
Schilling said that in preparation for state, Tasse was working on one element that she needs in order to receive a perfect start value, given that everything is done properly.
“I [was] trying to work on having a clean routine – getting the difficulty up with an extra jump in there – but really just trying not to fall off,” Tasse said. “That’s the biggest thing: if I have no falls, then it’s a good day.”
Tasse hoped to also make it to state next year and believed that the team has the capacity for others to qualify as well. “We [were] excited to see Izzie compete” Schilling said. “She’s one of our hardest workers in the gym, so to see her actually get to go on to the next level is really cool.”
The State competition was held on March 5 in Wisconsin Rapids. According to Schilling, Tasse did not place, but had a very good routine.