The Viroqua cooperative gymnastics team captured three of the top four spots and four of the top seven, in the individual all-around competition en route to winning a Coulee Conference dual at Arcadia, outscoring the host Raiders 125.550-118.60, Monday, Jan. 29.
As she has done all season, sophomore Lydia Korn (Cashton High School) led the young Hawks with a four-event total of 35.20 to win the individual all-around, sweeping first place in each event. Classmate Gracey Mlsna (CHS) finished third in the all-around with a 29.850, freshman Katrina Koppa (VHS) fourth with a 29.850 and another freshman Kayden Cramer seventh with a 24.00.
Korn’s total was built on a very consistent score card which included a 9.075 on the floor exercise, an 8.825 on the beam, an 8.725 on the vault and an 8.625 on the bars. Mlsna’s top event was a third-place finish on the beam with a 7.350, followed by a fourth on the bars (7.025), a fifth on the floor (8.025) and an eighth on the vault (7.450).
The fourth-place all-around finish by Koppa, her best of the year, was the result of a third placing on the vault with an 8.150, a fifth on the bars (6.525), a seventh on the beam (6.975) and eighth on the floor (7.475). Cramer’s top finish was a second in the bars (8.300), followed by a tie for third on the vault (8.150) and a seventh on the floor (7.550).
VHS senior Hailey Gillen placed seventh individually on the vault with a 7.675 and scored a 7.40 with her floor exercise. Rounding out the Viroqua scorecard were freshman Kenzey Kreuzer (De Soto High School) with a sixth placing on the beam with a 7.100 and a tie for seventh on the bars (5.450), and senior Madrona Murdock a 6.650 on the beam.
G-E-T Invitational, Feb. 3
The Blackhawk varsity and junior varsity competed in the G-E-T Invitational, with the shorthanded varsity placing third in a seven-team field and the JV second among four teams competing.
“On the varsity side, two of our top all-around competitors (Korn and Mlsna) were gone due to a prior scheduled school commitment…and one of our senior leaders, Hailey (Gillen) was out due to the flu, which gave us only four varsity competitors rather than the usual five,” coach Darcy McClelland said.
In the absence of Korn, Mlsna and Gillen, a trio of freshmen, Cramer, Koppa and Kruezer stepped into the varsity spotlight.
Cramer led the way with a 29.975, good for fifth place in the all-around, with an 8.150 on the vault, an 8.025 on the floor, a 7.425 on the bars and a 6.375 on the beam.
Koppa placed eigth in the all-around with a 29.10, recording a personal best 7.0 on the uneven bars, and a 7.950 on vault a 7.5 on floor and a 6.650 on the beam. Kruezer scored a 26.250 in the all-around led by a personal best 8.025 on the floor and a 7.50 on the vault.
Murdock totaled a 23.50 in all events, featuring a 7.750 on the vault. “We were glad to have Madrona’s senior leadership available for the day as she has been struggling with a viral cold all week,” McClelland said.
“Our JV team was small but very strong,” McClelland said. “Considering a team score combines four athletes for their total score, we only had three due to illness and other commitments.”
Another freshman, Flynn La Maire, led the Viroqua JV weeping all four events, walking away with top honors in all-around competition, on the strength of personal-best performances in each event. La Maire score included a 7.90 on the vault, a 7.20 on the floors, a 7.0 on the beam and a 5.0 on the bars. McClelland had this to say about La Maire, “Flynn had a great day…she is a strong competitor and proved to me she is wanting a varsity spot.”
Sophomore Brandi Aide came back strong after being out with an illness the week before and placed in all four events, earning third place overall with a 24.150 and freshman Kiara Yttri also placed in all events totaling a 21.60, finishing sixth overall.