Katrina Koppa

Katrina Koppa performs her beam routine at the Tami Effinger Memorial Invitational, Friday, Jan. 19.

Eric Wuennenberg, Performance Photo

The Viroqua cooperative gymnastics team continued to prepare for the post-season with a pair of challenging competitions this past week.

Viroqua at West Salem/La Crosse Aquinas, Jan. 25

Lydia Korn (Cashton High Sschool) continued her outstanding sophomore season placing second in the all-around with a 35.40. West Salem’s Ellie Tshumper edged out Korn for the top spot with a 36.650. Another talented sophomore, Gracey Mlsna (CHS), placed fifth in the all-around with a 29.775.

Korn took home the silver in both the vault (8.70) and the unven bars (8.575), the bronze in the balance beam (8.875) event and was fourth in the floor (9.250).

Mlsna’s best performance came in the floor exercise (8.475), followed by the vault (7.50), beam (7.075) and the bars (6.725).

Freshman Katrina Koppa (VHS) competed in all four events and scored well, with an 8.00 on the floor, a 7.80 on the vault, a 7.25 on the beam and a 5.850 on the bars.

Another freshman, Kayden Cramer (CHS), placed in three events including fourth in the vault (8.40), 7th on the bars (7.275) and 8th on the floors (8.050).

Senior Hailey Gillen (VHS) broke the 8.0 barrier for the first time in her career in the floor exercise with an 8.050 and scored a 7.675 with her vault.

Kenzy Kreuzer (De Soto High School freshman) placed seventh in the balance beam with a 7.275.

West Salem/Aquinas won the dual meet with a 140.325 compared to Viroqua’s 125.300.

“The girls did a nice job against a tough team,” said coach Darcy McClelland. “They are working hard on improving the height on their jumps and making sure they are completing the full 1 and ½ turns in the air before their landing.”

River Valley Invite, Jan. 27

The Blackhawks placed fifth as a team in a nine-team field at the River Valley Invitational. Mt Horeb won the meet with a 139.350, followed by Dodgeville/Mineral Point with 133.325, Baraboo 129.825, Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster/ 125.450, Viroqua 124.300, South Western/Cuba City/Benton 123.475, Westby 107.525, River Valley 107.075 and Prairie du Chien 90.50.

“This was another invite with strong gymnasts that we will see at our sectional,” McClelland said. “It gives us an idea of what we still need to work on as a team and individuals…it kind of lights a fire under the work harder in practice concept…they know, and I know we can do better.”

Korn place third in the all-around with a 34.750, right behind medalist Mia Lemanski Dodgville/Mineral Point’s 35.825 and Kelsey Goffinet SWCCB 34.825 score. Korn tied for top honors with her floor routine with a 9.20 and tied for 4th on the beam with an 8.80.

Koppa finished 18th in the all-around competition with a 28.80; Mlsna was 20th with a 28.50.

Kramer competed in just three events but placed well in each, including 11th in the vault 8.20, 13th in the bars 7.925 and 14th with an 8.60 on the floor. Gillen scored an 8.00 on the beam, a 7.350 on the vault and Kruezer a 7.375 on the beam.

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