Grafton/Cedarburg girls return team to Div. 1 final; Port qualifies two in Div. 2
Strong sectional performances earned the Grafton/Cedarburg gymnastics team and two members of the Port Washington squad trips to this week’s WIAA state meet.
Led by senior Maddie Gleed, Grafton/Cedarburg finished second out of eight teams in a Division 1 sectional at Manitowoc Lincoln last Saturday.
Manitowoc won the team title with 139.925 points, followed by Grafton/Cedarburg (136.75) and West Bend West (136.125) in the top three.
The first two teams qualified for state competition Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.
Gleed was one of three Cedarburg/Grafton gymnasts who also advanced with top-five finishes in individual events. The senior qualified in the all-around, vault and balance beam.
Sophomore Natalie Zimbelman advanced in uneven bars and vault, as did freshman Paige Arnold in floor exercise and vault.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls, especially the younger ones,” said Cedarburg/Grafton coach Renae Weaver, whose team reached state for the second straight year.
“Other than our two seniors in the lineup, this was the first sectionals for all of them. They kept their composure and fought for state.”
Gleed, who will be participating in her third straight state meet, placed third in the all-around with 34.675 points, was second in uneven bars (8.575) and tied with Arnold for fifth in vault (8.8).
Arnold was third in floor exercise (9.175).
Zimbelman was second in vault (9.0) and third in uneven bars (8.475).
Gleed has been her team’s top all-around performer throughout the season after qualifying for state last year in the all-around and all four individual events. Arnold has shown steady improvement, and Zimbelman has come on strong late in the season.
“Natalie was the silent but deadly competitor this year,” Weaver said.
“She worked so hard at practice to really get her momentum going during meets. She wasn’t a big name and didn’t win every single meet, but her steady work ethic and determination helped her grow into a beautiful and strong gymnast.”
O’Donnell, Garant advance for Port