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