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BBW's Michelle Dankle executes a pose during the floor event at the recent Falcon Invite. The Burlington senior had a big day last Tuesday against Waukesha.

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January 25, 2012 | 07:40 AM
BURLINGTON — Just when you thought the Burlington/Badger/Wilmot gymnastics team couldn't get any better, they outperformed themselves once again.

Already holding the No. 1 ranking in the state according to the Wisconsin High School Gymnastics Association, the Demons showed last Thursday they may not have even scratched the surface in terms of season-high scores.

At home against Waukesha, BBW bested its season high by a full point, scoring 146.725 to Waukesha's 130. The team's previous best was 145.625 at the Westosha Central Falcon Invite.

BBW coach Diane Biedrzycki said her squad still has room to improve.

"Wow," she said Monday. "We had some falls that counted, and we could've reached 148. We are getting up there. It's nice to keep improving. It's been really nice this season to not suffer any steps backward. We've had no 'off' meets."

Freshman Bailey Fitzpatrick (Burlington) won the all-around with a score of 37.075 thanks to a win on floor (9.55) and second-place finish on vault (9.575).

"Bailey had a fall on beam and a major error on bars and still scored that high," Biedrzycki said.

Bailey's sister Jenna, another freshman, posted a victory in the bars (9.55). Also, Molly Benavides, another Burlington student, won the vault with a season-high 9.675. The team's vault score of 37.525 was also a season best. Badger's Robyn Scheuerman posted a 9.2 on the vault. She added a score of 8.7 on the floor.

Burlington senior Michelle Dankle won the beam event with a 9.1. Dankle added a 9.525 on the floor.

Along with supreme talent, Biedrzycki said the team's chemistry has been exceptional this season. With several new freshman bumped up to varsity, she didn't expect the transition to go so smoothly.

"We have great depth," Biedrzycki said. "The girls are really pushing each other. They help each other improve. With such good talent in the freshman class, I wasn't sure how the juniors and seniors would adjust coming into this year. But the older girls have embraced lesser roles."

The team isn't showing any signs of slowing down this week. Lauren Otter and Badger's Kerry Leonard will both be back after missing some time, and Jenna Fitzpatrick will compete on bars, beam and floor, an event she missed last week.

This Saturday, BBW travels to the Madison Memorial Invite to face some of the state's best, including Franklin. After a slow start, the Sabers posted a 144 last weekend and are slowly getting back to full strength. However, BBW's performance against Waukesha proved once again the Demons are the current measuring stick in Wisconsin high school gymnastics.

"Franklin is creeping up, but we're OK," Biedrzycki said.

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