It had been some time since the Menomonee Falls/Germantown girls gymnastics team hosted a WIAA sectional meet, but with a little help from their friends in the sports community, the Indians pulled off a successful one on Feb. 25.
Though the local co-op did not advance anyone to this weekend''s WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids, coach Kym Remillard could not have been happier with how things turned out.
"Hosting sectionals was a lot of fun and exciting this year," Remillard said. "I knew we had one of the toughest sectionals (in the state), but I enjoy all the coaches and judges that attend, and that is why I have so much fun.
"My favorite thing is to watch the girls trying new skills and possibly making the podium. Unfortunately, that was not the case for us. Each of my athletes except for one girl tried a new skill on at least one event. However, this brought fall after fall; but that didn't matter to me. I was so proud of each gymnast that took that risk."
Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson said the meet went "very smoothly" and congratulated everyone on their efforts. He and Remillard were grateful for the help provided by Nicolet coach Chris Dempsey, who loaned Falls some mats and a horse (for the vault) to help make the meet safer and more competitive.
"The host team was very appreciative to borrow our mats and horse for the meet," Dempsey said. "I will help anyone in any way."
The Indians wound up taking seventh in the eight-team field with a 126.775-point score, as the Brookfield co-op (144.925) and Arrowhead (142.45) earned the state team berths.
Senior Jade Wahlgren was the closest to making it to the state meet as an individual, as she claimed eighth on the vault with an 8.975 score. The fifth-place state qualifying score was 9.175. Senior Caleigh Chisholm was 16th on balance beam (8.4). Sophomores Skylar Kennedy (31.025) and Camryn Tautges (30.9) competed in the all-around.
It was a good ending.
"I can't explain how wonderful our season was," Remillard said. "We had so much fun, but, of course, we had our ups and downs with injuries, such as a meniscus tear, a dislocated elbow and multiple sprained ankles. Everyone encouraged one another helping them through all the aches and pains."