The Menomonee Falls/Germantown girls gymnastics team broke in the new year on a positive note, when the Indians earned second in the nine-team Reedsburg Invite on Jan. 7 with a season-high score.
"This was great," said Indian coach Kym Remillard. "I am looking forward to the rest of the season. I can't wait until we bring it all at once."
The local co-op turned in a score of 128.4 points, as West Salem/Aquinas won with 137.375 and Southwestern/Cuba City was third with 123.8.
The meet started poorly for the Indians on the floor exercise.
"(We) were not happy at all with our floor scores," she said, "but I know that can always happen, and of course I always feel the girls deserve a better score than what they got."
But the locals bounced back big time on vault, as Jade Wahlgren won it with an 8.55 and Alexandria Sherman came back from a poor warm-up to record an 8.45 mark, which was good for a tie for second on the event.
"I almost had her (Sherman) change her vault, but she was determined to make it," Remillard said. "The entire team did great on vault (team best for the day of 33.35). I was feeling pretty good about things at this point, but then I remembered we had our two weakest events ahead of us."
But the Indians handled the pressure well, she said.
"We started on (uneven) bars, and the scores were what we needed to feel great about how this meet was going to end," Remillard said. "When we started off on beam, Hannah Riesterer finished her beam routine with one fall and got a 7.7. I was thinking we might be able to hold on to second if we can hit some beam routines.
"Ellie Hollenberger was new to the lineup for varsity, and she did a phenomenal job. I was so proud of Ellie because her scored counted toward the beam score. Camryn Taugtes had a no-fall beam routine but missed a connection and still walked away with an 8.30. I knew now that we had second because I was watching scores thoughout the meet."
But the best part was still to come, Remillard said.
"Caleigh Chisholm, a senior, finally hit her beam routine for the first time ever in three years, and she got an 8.55, a personal best to take sixth," said Remillard. "It was the icing on the cake, especially since it was Caleigh's 18th birthday."
Also helping out was Camryn Taugtes as she took fifth in in the all-around.
"Camryn was a big contributor to the team score on Saturday," Remillard said. "Every score she gave us, it counted toward our team score."