PREP GIRLS GYM­NAS­TICS PRE­VIEW

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Three things to watch

Back for more: Franklin Com­bined has fin­ished first or se­cond in Divi­sion 1 ev­ery year since 2009. The team has won the last three state ti­tles, a run that has a good chance of con­tin­u­ing, given the re­turn of se­niors El­iz­a­beth Mis­si­aen and Holli An­der­son, in­di­vid­ual state qual­i­fiers in the all-around, and se­nior Krys­tal Nel­son, the de­fend­ing bars cham­pion.

Bay power: White­fish Bay also is a three-time de­fend­ing cham­pion (in Divi­sion 2) that re­turns its top per­form­ers. Sopho­more Ad­die Gal­lun and se­nior Emma Fox are also the top two re­turn­ing all-around per­form­ers in Divi­sion 2. With a cou­ple of fresh­man from the com­mu­nity’s rec pro­gram, Bay looks like a dan­ger­ous team again.

De­fend­ing the crown: If you base this sea­son’s prospects on the num­ber of re­turn­ing stand­outs then we’re in store for a big sea­son. Wauke­sha’s Geor­gia Wil­liams (beam), Franklin’s Krys­tal Nel­son (bars), Ar­row­head’s Lexi Woida (all-around) and White­fish Bay’s Ad­die Gal­lun (Divi­sion 2, bars) are back. So are four of the top six fin­ish­ers in the Divi­sion 1 all-around.

Gym­nasts to watch

Holli An­der­son, sr., Franklin Com­bined: A 12th-place fin­isher in the all-around last sea­son (36.517), An­der­son will be counted to help keep the pro­gram pointed to­ward an­other state ti­tle.

Re­gan Cas­sidy, jr., Burling­ton Co-op: Last sea­son in her first state ap­pear­ance, she took 14th in the all-around (36.000), sixth on the un­even bars (9.3) and the ninth on the beam (9.183).

Emma Fox, sr., White­fish Bay: She took third in the Divi­sion 2 all-around last sea­son (35.867) and helped the Blue Dukes win their third straight state ti­tle.

Ad­die Gal­lun, soph., White­fish Bay: She took se­cond in the all-around last sea­son (36.817) and was the high­est scorer for the Blue Dukes in the team por­tion of the state meet. She is also the de­fend­ing cham­pion in the un­even bars (9.4).

Kynnedi Malone, soph., Ni­co­let: She fin­ished 15th at state in Divi­sion 1 in the all-around (35.833), the fourth-best in the state for a fresh­man.

Maggie Losch, soph., Kenosha: The state’s top fresh­man last sea­son, Losch took third in the all-around in Divi­sion 1 (37.283). She is also the top re­turner in the floor ex­er­cise (third place).

El­iz­a­beth Mis­si­aen, sr., Franklin Com­bined:

She took ninth in the all-around last sea­son with a score of 36.800 but did even bet­ter in the team por­tion of the meet, lead­ing Franklin to the ti­tle with a 37.533.

An­nie Murlarski, sr., Hart­ford: Her first state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance ended with a fourth-place show­ing in the al­laround (37.233).

Krys­tal Nel­son, sr., Franklin Com­bined: One of the an­chors of the de­fend­ing cham­pion’s lineup, Nel­son took fourth in the all-around as a sopho­more and 12th as a fresh­man. She is the de­fend­ing Divi­sion 1 cham­pion in the un­even bars.

MacKen­zie Pendle­ton, sr., Muk­won­ago Co-op: The two-time state qual­i­fier fin­ished se­cond on the bal­ance beam (9.467) af­ter tak­ing sev­enth as a sopho­more.

Lexi Pen­ney, jr., Brook­field East/Cen­tral: A two-time Divi­sion 1 qual­i­fier in the all-around, she took sixth last year (36.867) and eighth as a fresh­man (36.783). Pen­ney also the state bal­ance beam cham­pion as a fresh­man.

Emily Perkowski, soph., Hart­ford: She scored 36.300 in the all-around at state last year, third-best among fresh­men.

Tay­lor Raskin, jr., Home­stead: The state run­ner-up in the un­even bars (9.533) last sea­son, Raskin will com­pete in the all-around this sea­son.

Geor­gia Wil­liams, sr., Wauke­sha: The de­fend­ing cham­pion of the bal­ance beam (9.517) was a sur­pris­ing win­ner of the event af­ter tak­ing third at the sec­tional with a score of 9.350.

Lexi Woida, sr., Ar­row­head: Last year’s Jour­nal Sen­tinel gym­nast of the year is the de­fend­ing Divi­sion 1 all-around cham­pion (37.767).

C.T. KRUGER/NOW NEWS GROUP

Franklin Com­bined's Holli An­der­son is one of three se­niors the three-time de­fend­ing cham­pion will count on to lead the team this sea­son.

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