The half-young, half-old line-up of the Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Muskego gymnastics team (FMOW) was all good in their 147.8-133.025 Jan. 16 rout of the Burlington co-op on the team's senior night.
'I'm not overly surprised,' said coach Katie Moore, 'but that is still a big score for this early in the season. That's a score we usually get a month from now.'
The score the defending WIAA state D1 runner-up posted is one of the best in the state in this still young season and puts them in line with other contenders, said Moore.
'We've seen Kenosha, Brookfield and (defending D1 champion) Arrowhead and all of those teams will be right in the middle of it (the run for a state title),' she said. 'They're all solid teams. We don't normally play all our cards this early but this is a good chunk of what we have.'
FMOW will test itself in a big way when it goes on its annual road trip to an invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Niles, Illinois. Moore said it's a good chance to see different teams, different competition.
She was very happy with the effort on senior night, which honored Erin Scholz, Sam Balcerak, Jessie Keiserand others.
FMOW turned in team scores of over 36 on every rotation highlighted by a 37.5 on floor exercise. Every score they turned in was over nine. Balcerak won floor exercise (9.5), balance beam (9.325), and the uneven bars (9.4) while Scholz claimed the vault (9.35). Krystal Nelsonwon the all-around (36.85).
Runner-up finishes went to Becca Koronkowskion vault (9.25), Scholz on beam (9.25) and Nelson on bars (9.375) and floor (9.45).
'They're all working so hard in the gym,' said Moore. 'I've been very impressed at the pace we are keeping.'
FRANKLIN BOYS SWIM
The Sabers continue to meet their challenging schedule head-on and with great aplomb, as they turned in several strong finishes in claiming third in the 11-team Shorewood Invitational on Jan. 16.
Franklin, which will be at the Kenosha Bradford Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 22, scored 327 points for its spot in the Shorewood meet as Brookfield won with 410 and Monona Grove was second with 385.
The top finish was a second by the 200-yard freestyle relay team of James Kostrzewa, Luke Gavronski, Michael Fisherand D.J. Nowacki(1:30.69); while the 400 free team of Justin Craig, Gavronski, Nowacki and Fisher was third (3:19.45). Craig was also third in the 100 backstroke (56.52).
Other top performances remained in abundance. They included fourths by Nowacki in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.01) and the 500 free (4:54.97); fourths by Gavronski in the 50 free (22.94) and the 100 free (49.79), a fifth by Fisher in the 100 butterfly (56.94) and a fourth by him in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.57).
Other notable efforts included a seventh by Lukas Migliano in diving (312.3 points), a ninth by the 200 medley relay team of Craig, Matthew Cheng, Will Lennertzand Devin Watson(1:48.78); sevenths by Lennertz in the 200 individual medley (2:08.11) and 100 butterfly (57.26), a seventh by Kostrzewa (23.27) in the 50 free and a fifth by him in the 100 backstroke (57.11).
Of note, the Sabers' second 400 free relay team of Kostrzewa, Watson, Cheng and Lennertz was sixth in an excellent time of 3:29.76.