Janesville gymnasts close out season at sectionals

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Gazette staff
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Janesville gymnasts had some strong performances at Thursday night’s WIAA Division 1 sectional meet but came up short in their bid to make it to state.

The co-op teams of Burlington/Badger/Catholic Central/Wilmot and Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall dominated the competition in which Janesville Craig finished seventh and Janesville Parker eighth.

Parker’s Hailey Leisten had the city’s top finish with a ninth-place effort on balance beam. Teammate Brecklyn Skaleski was 10th in the event.

“As a team, we didn’t perform our best, and we worked with what we had,” Parker coach Heidi Jegerlehner said, indicating the Vikings suffered through a handful of injuries. “We went for it and gave it our all.”

Craig’s Michelle Cagney was 13th in the all-around, while Sara Malmanger was 14th on balance beam.

“We didn’t have any state qualifiers, but I was very pleased with the way our girls competed,” Craig coach Jean Welch said. “As a single school, it is extremely difficult to compete against four- and five-school co-ops … but our girls certainly held their own.”

A pair of area individuals qualified for the Division 2 state competition at the Mount Horeb Sectional on Thursday night.

Milton’s Taylor Kelley finished fourth in the floor and fifth on uneven bars to take fifth in the all-around.

Whitewater’s Kelly O’Hara placed in the top five in every event except vault and was fourth in the all-around.

Last updated: 11:49 pm Thursday, February 27, 2014

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