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Burlington/Badger/Wilmot 141.55, Waterford 127 BBW finishers All-around — Michelle Dankle, first, 36.525 (career high). Floor — Dankle, first, 9.525. Alli Kassel and Krystal Cooke (tie), second, 9.275. Beam — Lauren Otter, first, 8.875; Dankle, third, 8.75. Bars — Dankle, first, 9.05; Kassel, second, 8.85; Cooke, third, 8.55. Vault — Dankle, first, 9.2; Cooke, second, 9.15; Alice Gordon, third, 8.9.
December 22, 2010 | 08:26 AM
Waterford — The Burlington/Badger/Wilmot gymnastics squad continued its dual meet meet dominance last Thursday in its first Southern Lakes action.

The Demons pounded the Wolverines, 141.55-127, to improve to 5-0 overall in dual meets and 1-0 in the SLC. Coach Diane Biedrzycki thought it was a bit of a sloppy night for her girls, but she will take the win.

"When I saw our score, it was a pleasant surprise," she said. "I thought it would be lower. I felt like we had enough errors to have a lower score."

BBW won every event, and Burlington junior Michelle Dankle was the star for the second straight meet. She won the all-around with a career-high 36.525, highlighted by victories in the vault (9.2), bars (9.05) and floor (9.525).

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"Michelle hasn't had a fall all season," Biedrzycki said. "I was very impressed by her. The bars and floor are getting easier for her. She hits her moves all the time and is confident at all times. Also, she has tried a new move on the vault this year and hit it every time. Michelle's consistency is amazing. She has had a pretty good start."

Dankle also nabbed third in the beam (8.75). Burlington's Lauren Otter took first in the beam with a score of 8.875.

Biedrzycki said it was an overall solid win.

"It was a good meet before the holiday break," she said. "I thought the girls might have a let-down because it was the last meet before the break. This has been a good way to start the season."

Badger junior Krystal Cooke had another solid night, grabbing second place in the vault (9.15) and floor (9.275) and third in the bars (8.55). Biedrzycki continues to be impressed by Cooke's performance.

"I have to give props to Krystal," Biedrzycki said. "She is very competitive and she doesn't let things get to her. It was her first night doing the pike on the vault, which has a higher value than the normal tuck move, and she nailed it."

Also, Burlington's Alli Kassel took second in the bars (8.85) and tied for second in the floor (9.275). Finally, Burlington's Alice Gordon nabbed third in the vault with an 8.9, a season high. Biedrzycki said it was a great mark by Gordon.

BBW now will have a lot of time off before a tough battle with Franklin Jan. 4. The Sabers beat defending Division 1 state champion earlier this season. Biedrzycki acknowledged it will be nice to have time off, but knows her girls have to prepare for the Sabers.

"We've beaten Franklin," she said. "The girls will be excited to take on the Sabers. They know how big the match is. During the break, we will take some time to work on new things. We still have to train. We will throw in a mix of new stuff and sticking with what has worked. My girls will be motivated against Franklin."

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