The Westby Area High School gymnastics team competed at Holmen on Jan. 5, its first meet after the holiday break. Norse Head Coach Kara Timmel said the team had its best showing of the season, especially considering the long break between meets.

“We made strides in the areas we’ve been focusing on and are ready to keep improving,” Timmel said.

The West Salem co-op won the team competition at 136.775, and the Panther’s Ellie Tschumper won the vault (8.7) and bars (9.525) competitions.

Holmen was second with 132.975, and Viking freshman Kabryn Burns won the all-around competition with a score of 35.275 at the Holmen quadrangular.

Winona finished third scoring 123.725 points. Several key performers missed the meet for the Winhawks allowing room for young gymnasts to step up and compete at the varsity level.

Westby finished fourth with 107.225 points. Individually at the varsity level foreign exchange student, Valeria Nussbaumer placed fifth on beam with a score of 8.15, an area that has been a nemesis for the Westby girls so far this season.

Foreign exchange student, Isabella Zacho also competed on the beam for the first time as a Norse at the JV level and placed fifth for Westby at Holmen.

“Our goal during training this week was to stay on the beam. We drastically lowered our falls on the event, which started us off on a great note for the new year,” Timmel said.

The Norse host a home meet on Thursday, Jan. 11 and return to Holmen on Jan. 13.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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