Grafton/Cedarburg girls reach goal with 5th at state; pair lead Port in Div. 2 final
Peaking at just the right time, the Grafton/Cedarburg gymnastics team reached a seasonlong goal last Friday.
The Bull Hawks placed fifth out of 10 teams at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids, scoring 133.8667 points.
“We took fifth in D1. That was our goal since the first practice, so to accomplish that is amazing,” first-year coach Renae Weaver said.
Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall won the team title with 149.3167 points. Rounding out the top four were Kenosha Bradford/Indian Trails/Tremper (147.6), Arrowhead (144.2667) and Brookfield East/Central (143.867).
Grafton/Cedarburg’s showing was highlighted by strong work in the vault, where it scored 36.033 points. Sophomore Natalie Zimbelman led the way with 9.233, followed by senior Maddie Gleed (9.2), freshman Mia Ketelhohn (8.9) and freshman Paige Arnold (8.7).
The Hawks had 33.933 points in the floor exercise, led by Arnold (8.65).
In the balance beam, Grafton/Cedarburg had 34.217 points, topped by Gleed’s 9.283.
In the uneven bars, the Hawks were led by Zimbelman’s 8.75 on the way to a 33.683 team total.
“Every girl who competed for us scored a season high,” Weaver said. “To score a season high at state is such a great feat and proves that our hard work paid off.”
Gleed leads team in individual events
Gleed set the pace for the Hawks’ three state qualifiers in Friday’s individual competition.
She placed 10th in the all-around (36.183), 14th in uneven bars (8.783) and 15th in vault (9.317).
Gleed also had the ninth-best score in balance beam (9.05), though she hadn’t qualified as an individual in that event.
Zimbelman was ninth in the uneven bars (9.067) and 18th in vault (9.133).
Arnold was 16th in vault (9.267) and 23rd in floor exercise (8.35).
“It was a great weekend and gives our younger girls the experience to propel them into next season,” Weaver said.