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FMOW gymnasts sets program record at Mukwonago invite

Two-time state champs ready for conference

Feb. 11, 2013

Rounding into top form just before the biggest meets of the year, the Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall (FMOW) co-op girls gymnastics team used its trademark depth to beat archrival Burlington again and record a new program record of 149.425 in the process of winning the Mukwonago Invitational on Saturday.

"That is a school record for us," said coach Katie Moore, who noted that Burlington had a higher score last season and that official records have to take place at the state meet.

"The school record performance was really a team effort. We have so many girls who have worked hard to improve from last year and it is showing. We had nine girls place in the top 10, and every one of our varsity gymnasts scored above a nine on at least one event."

The local co-op's conference meet will be at Waukesha West at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. WIAA sectionals will be Feb. 21 and the WIAA State Meet, where FMOW will try for a third straight title, will be March 1-2 in Wisconsin Rapids.

In the Saturday meet, FMOW beat the Burlington co-op (148.45) by nearly a full point, the largest margin it has had against its rival in several encounters this season. The Kenosha co-op was a distant third with 140.125.

As usual, Burlington dominated the individual medals, winning four of the five events (including all-around). Sammie Olson of Muskego claimed the only win for FMOW, taking the balance beam with a 9.45 mark. She got help from Sam Balcerak of Muskego in third (9.275).

Elsewhere, the local co-op dominated the top six placewinning spots, earning 11 overall medals.

On floor exercise, Shannon Hein of Muskego was second with a 9.6, while Melanie Pearson of Franklin came in fourth with a 9.45 and Rachel Tillman of Whitnall was sixth with a 9.4.

Meanwhile, the team took four top six places on the uneven bars. Olson was third (9.475), Balcerak fourth (9.45), Alyssa Behrendt of Muskego fifth (9.4) and Paige Schreiber of Muskego sixth (9.3).

On the vault, Lauren Zurowski of Whitnall was fourth at 9.425, while Olson claimed fifth (9.4). Of special note, Jessica Kossoris of Franklin was ninth in the very deep event with a 9.25.

In the all-around, Olson was third with an impressive 37.425.

Moore was proud of his squad, which had only one fall all day in all events combined on both varsity and junior varsity. The junior varsity also won the meet.

"This team does not rely on one all-star athlete," she said. "Every girl gives her best effort so we can come up with things like this school record setting performance. We are going to continue to focus on doing our best and improving every day. Hopefully that will earn continued success throughout the post season."

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