WAUKESHA – Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall (FMOW)
gymnastics team took center stage in a showcase of the area’s best gymnasts on
FMOW was the top scoring team at the Classic
8/Southeast Conference Gymnastics Meet at West. The team finished with a
winning score of 145.500 and placed first in three of the four events. FMOW
also had the top individual all-around scorer in senior Emi Dalamangas, who
also had the best score in uneven bars at 9.40. Dalamangas finished with a
final all-around score of 36.575.
“It was a nice way to cap off the hard work,” FMOW coach
Katie Moore said. “The conference and sectional meet are what we focus on all
year. Not being able to go to state this year is just something we’re working
at as a team. We just do our best and put our final performances there (at
conference and sectionals).”
“I just knew that I needed to stay in the moment and
focus on one thing at a time,” Dalamangas said. “I really felt that if I got
too far ahead of myself, I might get distracted, so I just really stayed in the
Senior Grace Menzia and sophomore Emilie Rochon also
stood out for FMOW. Menzia was the top scorer in the vault with 9.40 points.
FMOW had four of the top five vault finishers, with freshman Hannah Hawk
finishing second, sophomore Anna Lauber finishing fourth and Dalamangas in
fifth. Rochon was the winner in the floor exercise at 9.50. Hawk finished fifth
in that event. Sophomore Brielle Lauber finished tied for third in uneven bars.
“Grace has been kind of up and down on vault and today,
she just was in the right state of mind,” Moore said. “Emilie had one of the
best floor routines of the year. She just really had fun with it and nailed all
of her tumbling passes.”
“I’m really proud of my team,” Dalamangas said. “We
put a lot of effort in at practice. We’re always working hard, always pushing
ourselves. I’m really happy with how everything turned out today. I feel like
we really put forth what we can do.”
Waukesha (combination of West, South, North and Catholic
Memorial), the host team, took third at the meet with 137.900 points. The team’s
best performance was on the balance beam, where they took second behind
Kenosha. Waukesha had the top individual finisher in the event, as senior
Gracie Moran scored 9.525 for first-place honors. Moran also finished second in
The team also won the sportsmanship award at the meet.
“We had a phenomenal meet,” Waukesha coach Allie
Planton said. “We’ve had injury after injury this season. This is Gracie’s
first meet back in a month. We’ve lost girls, rehabbed girls, so they did a
phenomenal job today. The important one is that we won sportsmanship. This is
our third year in a row, and that’s the most important thing to us. They treat
others with respect. They show support to their team as well as their
opponents. Everything else is just icing (on the cake).”
“They (her teammates) definitely motivated me to keep
working,” Moran said. “I’ve had a lot of injuries in the past. Bouncing back
started off hard and it kind of gradually got easier. Having the motivation of
my teammates definitely helped me.”
Senior Erin Wagner was the top all-around scorer for
Waukesha. She scored 35.025 total points to finish fifth at the meet. Her best
individual finish was in vault, where she was tied for sixth at 8.85 with
Arrowhead junior Isabella Sirianni.
Arrowhead placed fourth at the meet with 137.625
points and was second in vault. The Warhawks’ best finishes came from junior
Nina Morrison, who took third in floor and beam and was the third all-around
scorer with 36.025.
Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine (MKM) was the fifth-place
squad, scoring 129.825. Their top score was in the floor exercise, with 34.525
points. Junior Lizzy Meszarosch was eighth in floor and all-around, with a
total tally of 34.000.
Oconomowoc rounded out the meet in sixth with 126.950,
with the vault being the team’s top event at 33.800. Sophomore Paige Eicher was
the Raccoons’ top performer, as she took sixth in floor and was 10th
all-around at 33.150 points.
Kenosha junior Maggie Losch and freshman Maya Rios
finished second and fourth all-around, respectively.