Prep gymnastics: Madison Memorial wins division at Spartan Invitational
Jan 27, 2013 (The Wisconsin State Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
In a girls gymnastics competition filled with tough teams from all over the state, Madison Memorial wowed its home crowd Saturday afternoon.
Led by junior Caroline Smith's all-around effort, Memorial posted a 131.8 to claim first place in the Green Division of the Spartan Invitational.
"It's a really good feeling," Madison Memorial coach Michele Fuller said. "We were sort of hoping that we would be in the upper division so that Caroline could compete against some of the girls she'll see at state, but it is a nice feeling to be able to win something and get some hardware to show off to other people to show that Memorial actually is doing something with their gymnastics team."
Smith won her division's all-around title with a 37.05 -- after a rough start on vault. Smith posted an 8.8 on vault, which earned her a third place, but rebounded to take first on bars, beam and floor with a 9.35, 9.4, and 9.5, respectively.
"Getting a lower score than normal on vault made me do a little better on all the other events and try a little harder," Smith said.
Middleton's Aryn Skibba, who set an invitational record on the beam (9.65), also enjoyed getting a taste of what the state meet would hold.
According to Skibba, Middleton was hoping for a higher team score heading into the day, but was fourth with 137.175 -- .025 behind third-place Verona/Madison Edgewood in the White Division. But to medal and get a record helped make up for it.
"It feels great," Skibba said. "Especially because bars was a little iffy for me. But I just had to ... have a new mindset for beam and I did my best."
Verona/Madison Edgewood was led by freshman Lexi Alt, who placed second in the all-around of the White Division with a 37.3 score.
"I wasn't placing that high on the other events so it was exciting," Alt said. "(The competition) probably didn't think that someone from Verona could probably do that good ... so now they know."
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