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Gymnasts nab second at state, just miss title



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March 09, 2011 | 08:28 AM
Wisconsin Rapids — The Burlington/Badger/Wilmot gymnastics squad was set to rewrite the history books Saturday at the Division 1 state gymnastics team meet.

Leading Franklin by 1.4 points heading into the final event, the balance beam, the Demons were on the brink of winning their first state title. But after Franklin had its first four girls score a 9 or better on the beam, BBW needed around a 35.45 on the beam to win state.

However, with the state title on the line, BBW posted a beam score of 35.017, and the squad simply couldn't catch up to the Sabers.

The local gymnasts finished with a 143.817, good for second in the state and their best team finish since taking second in 2007. Franklin edged BBW with a winning score of 144.201. Burlington improved one spot from last year's third-place finish and beat out third-place Arrowhead (143.215), the two-time defending state champion. BBW coach Diane Biedrzycki said it was her team's goal to win the state title.

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"The girls were a little nervous heading into the last event," she said. "But they did a good job handling the pressure. We were thrilled with being the runner-up. We only had one fall all day. We were so close. It is hard to get past that. It was a little frustrating. The girls were so excited knowing they could win state. But it's nothing to be disappointed about. If you have a bad day on one event, it's anybody's meet. Are we happy? Yes. Satisfied? No."

BBW had its best team showing on the uneven bars, taking first with a score of 35.55, nearly two points ahead of Franklin.

Also, the girls scored their highest vault score of the season (37.2), which was the third best score behind Franklin and Oshkosh.

On the floor, BBW tallied a 36.05, good for third.

"The girls did the best they could," Biedrzycki said. "It's hard to say where we could've squeezed out the extra couple tenths of a point."

Badger's Krystal Cooke, who took 14th in the all-around at the individual state tournament Friday, bounced back Saturday for the team meet. She posted a 9.383 on the vault Saturday.

Also, Biedrzycki said Lauren Otter and Alli Kassel had rough outings Friday for the individual meet, but rebounded for Saturday's team meet. On Friday, Kassel grabbed 16th on the bars (8.4).

Cooke also took 15th on the floor (8.867) at the individual meet. Otter competed on the beam Friday, taking 14th with a score of 8.6.

"The girls had some problems at the individual meet Friday," Biedrzycki said. "They took their lumps on Friday, but they were more relaxed on Saturday."

On Saturday, Badger freshman Robyn Scheuerman was solid on the vault, posting a 9.317.

Badger's Kerry Leonard missed the state meet due to an injured ankle.

Kassel is the only senior, so mostly everyone who competed at state will be back. Biedrzycki hopes to have the rest of the team back at state next season, and she was happy with the season.

"We had a lot of ups and downs this season," she said. "With the injuries at the end of the season, I thought state might not happen. Michelle Dankle gave us three great events with a sore ankle Saturday. To be that competitive at state was good. But we were No. 1 in the state all season and would've liked to finish No. 1 at the end. Franklin was healthy for state, and I knew it would be their time at the end of season after experiencing some injuries earlier. We must be more careful with injuries next season. But I'm happy with who stepped up for us. It says a lot for the future."

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