Lydia Korn and Gracey Mlsna led the Viroqua cooperative gymnastics team to a dual meet victory, Thursday, Dec. 14; the final score was Viroqua 117.550 and Reedsburg 104.525. The meet was held at the Viroqua Middle School gymnasium.
Korn, a Cashton High School sophomore, swept the top spot in all four events en route to her second-straight all-around medal of the season with a composite score of 32.30. Korn’s best score came in the floor exercise with an 8.450, followed by an 8.30 on the vault, an 8.150 on the un-even bars and a 7.4 on the beam.
Mlsna was right behind, placing second in two events, including an 8.10 on the floor and a 7.375 on the uneven bars. Mlsna turned in personal-best performances from the first meet of the year on the vault, floor and bars, while Korn’s scores on the floor and bars bested her first meet effort in each event.
Others with personal-best scores compared to the season opener at Holmen included senior Hailey Gillen on the floor, placing third with a 7.575, freshman Kayden Cramer (Cashton High School) earning a silver in the vault with an 8.050, freshman Kenzey Kreuzer (De Soto High School) placing sixth on the vault with a 7.30 and floor with a 6.90, freshman Katrina Koppa on the floor with 6.850 and a no-fall beam routine, and sophomore Brandi Aide on the bars, beam and floor.
The meet featured several Blackhawks launching new skills, including freshmen Flynn LaMaire and Kiara Yttri with back-springs on the floor, Cramer a layout half, and senior Madrona Murdock attempted a handspring on her vault for the first time in competition. In addition, junior Miranda Ingles performed beam for the first time this year and improved from a personal-best 7.10 last year to a 7.70.
“It was nice to have a home meet… I was very proud of how the girls performed,” said coach Darcy McClelland. “They showed more confidence and toughness throughout the night. We still had a few rough spots, but a big improvement from our first meet. This group of girls work hard together and encourage each other to do their best. I know each and every time they perform they will do better. There were some big fears that were overcome…so proud of my girls.”
The Blackhawks travel to Mt. Horeb for an invitational Jan. 6, before returning home to host G-E-T Jan. 9.