Muskego co-op gymnasts among elite again after win
Team records state best score so far this season
Apparently, the rebuilding job has been a success.
Katie Moore, coach of the three-time WIAA State Division 1 champion Franklin, Oak Creek, Muskego and Whitnall (FMOW) gymnastics co-op won't officially go as far as to say that, but it is safe to say that she's quite a bit more optimistic after the startling results the squad turned in in claiming the Mukwonago Invitational on Saturday.
FMOW turned in a state best of 149.35 points in winning the event, which is several points higher than it has scored so far this season and not far off the 150.516 it recorded with a veteran squad in claiming last year's state title.
This team, as previously noted, is not veteran, it is largely new, and that's what pleases Moore the most.
"Exciting things happening for FMOW gymnastics," she said. "In the beginning of the season...(it was clear that) it was going to take some patience as we all got on the same page. So we finally put in most of the skills we were training and had a chance to see what our best effort looked like.
"It was amazing."
And the timing couldn't be any better because the championship run for the team starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 as it prepares to defend its championship in the Classic 8/Southeast Conference meet at Waukesha West.
"The girls performed at their highest level all season," added Moore. "It was really great to see all the pieces fit together."
The team was led by a trio of Muskego athletes as Sam Balcerak won the all-around with a 38.3 score as well as taking the uneven bars with a a 9.65. She was second on the balance beam (9.4) and floor exercise (9.6) and third on vault (9.65).
Meanwhile, Erin Scholz won the vault with a 9.75, was third in the all-around (37.6) and on beam (9.275) and was fifth on floor (9.3) and seventh on bars (9.25). Jerica Kotarak was third on floor (9.45), fifth in the all-around (37.3) and vault (9.45) and sixth on beam (9.1) and sixth on bars (9.3).
Jessica Kossoris of Franklin was seventh on vault (9.375) and seventh in the all-around (36.15).
Moore was impressed with the all-around effort.
"These girls work so hard, believe in the team and made a huge statement about their ability to compete against the best in the state," she said.
Moore noted that Balcerak is really starting to assert herself.
"Sam loves the challenge of competing against some of the best in the state," she said.
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