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February 22, 2012 | 08:31 AMBURLINGTON — There is no ceiling for the Burlington/Badger/Wilmot gymnastics squad.
It proved that once again Friday at Burlington High School after winning the Southern Lakes Conference meet with an all-time state high score of 150.225.
The scary thing is BBW coach Diane Biedrzycki said a couple falls prevented the girls from achieving an even higher score.
How do you measure perfection?
How about team scores of 37.35 or higher on every event, led by two season highs, a 37.85 on floor and 37.525 on beam. The girls, despite being the No. 1 team in Division 1 in the state, hadn't reached 37 on beam yet this season.
"A 150? That's crazy," Biedrzycki said. "It just sounds funny and looks odd. One of the scorekeepers wasn't sure she had the right score because they had a new system recently installed. When we set the previous state high with 148, the girls thought they could score 150. The girls were so excited. They had a lot of friends there and a lot of support. When the girls heard 150, they let out a pretty good scream."
The girls tallied a 37.5 on vault and a 37.35 on bars.
"We have improved on the floor each week," Biedrzycki said.
Lyons resident and Burlington freshman Molly Benavides won the all-around with a 37.675, a season high and an SLC meet record.
"Molly's vault is out of this world," Biedrzycki said. "It was the first time she put all four events together. She had nice totals."
Benavides won the vault with a 9.675. Burlington freshman Bailey Fitzpatrick won the floor event with a score of 9.575, while her sister Jenna, another freshman, nabbed the bars title with a 9.6. Burlington senior Michelle Dankle notched first place on the beam with a 9.525.
Badger senior Kerry Leonard placed second on the beam with a 9.5.
Badger's Robyn Scheuerman medaled (top six) on vault, grabbing fourth with a 9.2.
"Robyn doesn't usually medal, so it was big for her," Biedrzycki said. "She is so powerful pushing off the block."
Badger sophomore Ciara Johnson competed on varsity bars, placing ninth with a 7.525.
Biedrzycki has been impressed by her squad's refusal to settle.
"They keep looking for ways to improve," she said.
BBW returns to Burlington High School Friday for sectionals at 4:30 p.m.
The Demons will face Franklin, the defending state champion, along with top teams Mukwonago, Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker. Only the top two teams will advance to state in Wisconsin Rapids next weekend.
"The girls realize they may not score a 150 again," Biedrzycki said. "We just want a good meet with no falls. If we do what we did Friday, we'll win."
BBW is looking for its first sectional win since 2006.