This Westby Area High School gymnastics team was scheduled to host its first home meet of the season last week, but the event was rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 1, due to inclement weather.
The Norse returned to action at Holmen on Saturday, Jan. 13 for the annual Mclellan Invitational. Westby had its best showing of the season finishing fourth in Division 2, with 109.725.
The West Salem co-op won the Division 1 team competition title with 137.925 points. Southwestern/Cuba City won the Division 2 team event with a score of 124.15.
In Division 2, Southwestern/Cuba City won followed by the Viroqua Co-op team in second place with 121.7. Sauk Prairie finished third with 119.25, followed by Westby 109.725, Reedsburg 105.775, Arcadia 103.25, Tomah 98.7, Sparta 62.025.
Norse Head Coach Kara Timmel said it was good for the Norse girls to watch some of the strongest gymnasts in the area compete at the meet.
“Overall we were pleased with our performance at the McLellan Invitational. The Westby girls improved in areas they working to improve and overall I believe the girls showed a stronger sense of confidence and brought more energy to the event,” Timmel said.
Westby gymnasts placing at the invitational included Valeria Nussbaumer finishing second on vault with a score of 8.5 and Bekah Dwyer placed fifth in the all-around competition with a score of 29.4.
The Viroqua co-op team received a strong performance from Cashton’s Lydia Korn who won on bars and beam and placed second on floor and in the all-around competition.
The Norse travel to Viroqua for a meet on Jan. 19. Timmel said the team knows what they want and need to work on in the gym before heading to Viroqua on Friday.