Craig triumphs in Big Eight gymnastics

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Gazette staff
February 20, 2011
— Janesville Craig High School posted a school-record 140.875 points to win the Big Eight Conference gymastics meet Saturday at Parker High.

Craig junior Becky Schneider, the reigning all-around champion, tied Caroline Smith of Madison Memorial for the conference all-around championship, each registering 36.725. Schneider won the Big Eight vault title, posting a 9.35.

“I’m proud of my girls,” Craig coach Jean Welch. “They work hard all year.’’

While Craig could celebrate its first conference title since 2005, Parker, which went through the regular Big Eight dual-meet season undefeated, finished second with 136.75 points.

“It just wasn’t our day,” Parker coach Cathy Lehmann said. “Erika Whitson and Hailey Leisten came through for us.’’

Whitson won the balance beam title with a 9.2, the floor exercise at 9.5 and finished fourth in the all-around with 35.425 points. Leisten finished sixth in the all-around with 35.225 points.

Big Eight gymnastics

At Janesville Parker


Janesville Craig 140.875, Janesville Parker 136.75, Verona/Madison Edgewood 133.5, Madison West 133.2, Middleton 130.375, Madison Memorial 129.8, Sun Prairie 125.7, Madison East/LaFollette 113.45.


Vault—1. Becky Schneider (JC), 9.35; 2. Ashley Pohlman (JC), Rylee Jonuska (JP), 9.25; 4. Sara Ennocenti (JC), 9.15; 5. Caroline Smith (MM), 9.1; 6. Sydney Steiner (SP), 9.025.

Uneven bars—1. Caroline Smith (MM), 9.55; 2. Becky Schneider (JC), 9.0; 3. Libby Torresani (MID), 8.85; 4. Erika Whitson (JP), 8.675; 5. Hailey Leisten (JP), 8.65; 6. Courtney Pohlman (JC), 8.5.

Balance beam—1. Erika Whitson (JP), 9.2; 2. Sydney Stiener (SP), 9.15; 3. Tyler Henderson (V/ME), 9.05; 4. Libby Torresani (MID), 9.025; 5. Megan Clark (MW), Becky Schneider (JC), 9.0.

Floor exercise—1. Erika Whitson (JP), 9.5; 2. Becky Schneider (JC), 9.375; 3. Mari Schroeder (V/ME), 9.275; 4. Libby Torresani (MID), 9.225; 5. Caroline Smith (MM), 9.175; 6. Hailey Leisten (JP), 9.025.

All-around—1. Becky Schneider (JC), Caroline Smith (MM), 36.725; 3. Libby Torresani (MID), 36.05; 4. Erika Whitson (JP), 35.425; 5. Sydney Stiener (SP), 35.25; 6. Hailey Leisten (JP), 35.225.

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