The senior class consisted of just one gymnast, but it was still a tough good-bye for Tomah High School gymnastics coach Karen Brown.
Tomah said farewell to Sara Peardot and senior manager Melissa Szeflinski as the Timberwolves took their turn to host a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Thursday at Tomah High School. The Timberwolves responded on Senior Night with 105.5 points, their highest total of the season.
A big part of that score was Peardot, who delivered competitive scores on the balance beam (6.55) and floor exercise (7.3). Brown has been coaching Peardot since she was part of the city of Tomah parks and recreation program.
“She is also one of my daughter’s best friends, so this is a tough year to say good-bye to the seniors,” Brown said. “She has grown into a consistent gymnast I could rely on the past few years.”
Another driver of Tomah’s point total was the all-around performance of sophomore Hannah Hogan, who set personal records in all four events and was Tomah’s top scorer on floor (7.875) and beam (8.3), where she was fifth out of 21 competitors.
“Hannah Hogan had a really good meet,” Brown said. “She has been working hard to improve her jumps to add difficulty (on beam), and she stuck it tonight. She has potential to get higher scores and hopefully can in our last two meets.”
Hogan’s all-around score was 28.825.
Lily Stewart led the Timberwolves on uneven parallel bars (5.475), and Ashley Nelson led the Tomah on vault (7.7).
The Timberwolves clinched third place in the MVC standings by finishing ahead of Onalaska and Sparta. The final MVC meet is Thursday, Feb. 15 at Holmen.
The Timberwolves have one more home meet. They will host a WIAA Division 2 Sectional Thursday, Feb. 22 starting at 5 p.m. at Tomah High School. The Timberwolves will be joined by Dodgeville/Mineral Point, Prairie du Chien/Fennimore, Reedsburg, Sparta, Viroqua/Cashton/DeSoto and Westby.
Standings after four meets