Gymnast accompanied by athletic director while pregnant coach nears due date for baby
A fall on the balance beam cost Port Washington gymnast Kaylyn Garant two of her three chances at medals at the WIAA Division 2 state gymnastics meet in Wisconsin Rapids last Saturday, but the senior posted better scores in other events.
Garant took 20th place of 25 gymnasts on beam with an 8.1. Whitefish Bay senior Aly Yurkowitz won with a 9.367.
On bars, Garant’s other individual qualifying event, she tied for 13th of 26 gymnasts with an 8.467. Ellie Van Gilder from Rice Lake/Cumberland got the same score. Yurkowitz won with a 9.433.
On floor, Garant got an 8.833, which would have tied for 18th individually, but it was only counted toward the all around score.
On vault, Garant got an 8.5, which would have placed 22nd.
In the all around, Garant totaled 33.9 points, tied for 15th place with freshman Lydia Korn of Viroqua/Cashton/North Crawford.
Yurkowitz won the all around with 37.917 points, edging Sam Krueger of River Falls, who scored 37.45.
Garant didn’t have her coach KC Moore with her at the meet since Moore is due to have a baby soon and her doctor advised her not to travel.
Port Athletic Director Thad Gabrielse accompanied Garant, but Whitefish Bay coach Mary Linewski had offered to help Garant at the meet.
“I couldn’t be more appreciative. I’ll be sad to miss her last meet, but it’s nice to know that Kaylyn will have the last-minute advice of one of the best coaches in the state to guide her,” Moore said last week.
Gabrielse said it was a privilege to take Garant to state.
“Kaylan continues to demonstrate that her years of practice and dedication to gymnastics have paid off. In a Division 2 field loaded with talent, Kaylyn proved in each of her events that she belongs with some of the best gymnasts in the state,” Gabrielse said.
“As a school, we are very proud of Kaylan’s performance, but more so it was evident at state that Kaylan is well respected by her competitors and opposing coaches. Kaylan’s commitment, positive attitude and Leadership are the qualities that make her so relatable and we are very proud of how she has represented our school.”
In Division 1 competition, Grafton/Cedarburg sophomore Mia Ketelhohn took 16th on the beam with an 8.817.
Freshman Lexi Penney of Brookfield Central/East won with a 9.55.