Schneider leads Craig past Parker
Sure, it was Janesville Craig against Janesville Parker, but the rivals spent more time cheering each other than jeering each other in a Big Eight Conference dual gymnastics meet here that saw Craig edge Parker, 134.825-132.050.
“We’re rivals, but we still cheer for each other,” Craig coach Jean Welch said. “It’s kind of different than some of the other sports.”
Craig sophomore Becky Schneider, who won the all-around title with a score of 36.5 to finish ahead of Parker junior Erika Whitson’s 34.825, echoed those thoughts.
“I think I’d be OK either way, if Parker won, because we all know each other,” said Schneider of a sport that typically sees opponents train together and compete in the same club programs during the off-season.
“But it’s (still) good to win.”
Indeed, the friendliness of the rivalry shouldn’t overshadow the competiveness of Wednesday’s meet.
“In our conference, the top three teams are Middleton, Craig and Parker,” Welch said. “It’s nice to beat (Parker).”
The final rotation of the day featured Whitson in the floor exercise, her top event, and Schneider on the balance beam, an event she qualified for state in as a freshman.
Whitson came through with a sparkling 9.575 to win the floor exercise, but Schneider’s 9.4 on the beam, tops in that event, was more than enough to give here the all-around title and the Cougars the team title.
Nonetheless, Parker coach Cathy Lehmann was satisfied with her team’s performance, even though the Vikings fell to 3-2 in Big Eight dual meets, while the Cougars improved to 4-1.
“They have a lot of talent on their team, a lot of depth on their team, so we wanted to give them a run for their money, and that’s exactly what we did,” Lehmann said. “We had a great meet. This is our highest score of the season.”
In addition to the beam, Schneider also finished first on the uneven bars (9.1) and in the vault (9.0), while placing second in the floor exercise (9.0). Whitson, meanwhile, was second on the bars (8.425), fourth on the beam (8.3) and fifth in the vault (8.525)
Parker’s Emily Mauermann also had a fine meet with a third-place all-around finish (34.2). She had a second-place showing in the vault (8.95).
CRAIG 134.825, PARKER 132.050
Vault—1. Schneider (JC), 9.0; 2. Mauermann (JP), 8.95; T3. Ennocenti (JC), 8.6; T3. Meridith Little (JP), 8.6.
Uneven bars—1. Becky Schneider (JC) 9.1; 2. Erika Whitson (JP), 8.425; 3. Emily Mauermann (JP), 8.3; 4. Sara Ennocenti (JC), 8.05.
Balance beam—1. Schneider (JC), 9.4; 2. Ashley McGoey (JC), 8.55; 3. Mauermann (JP), 8.45; 4. Whitson (JP), 8.3.
Floor exercise—1. Whitson (JP), 9.575; 2. Schneider (JC), 9.0; 3. McGoey (JC), 8.875; 4. Mauermann (JP), 8.5.
All-around—1. Schneider (JC), 36.5; 2. Whitson (JP), 34.825; 3. Mauermann (JP), 34.2; 4. McGoey (JC), 33.050.