Rounding into state-level form, the defending state champion Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek, Whitnall girls gymnastics team turned an overnight trip into an overwhelming success as it dominated the 16-team field in the Madison Memorial Invitational on Jan. 27.
"The team had an excellent trip," said coach Katie Moore. "We turned in our second-best score of the season. We arrived Friday night, which gave us a chance to spend some time together as a team. This trip is always a nice time to form some team unity as we get into the heart of our season."
They turned in a 146.625-point score in winning the Green Division of the meet, as the Madison United team was a distant second with 132.575.
FMOW dominated the individual events, winning everything but the floor exercise. Elizabeth (37.075) and Abigail Missiaen (36.825) went one-two in the all-around, and Becca Koronkowski was fourth (35.325). The local co-op was overpowering in the vault, as Abigail Missiaen won with a 9.725, sister Elizabeth was second (9.65) and Koronkowski third (9.525).
"We are beginning to add some difficulty, especially on vault, and had an excellent day on the vault on Saturday," Moore said.
Isabelle Anderson won the balance beam with a 9.125 mark, and Abigail Missiaen was second with an 8.9. Emma Warr tied for sixth on beam (8.6).
Krystal Nelson won the uneven bars with a 9.55 mark, while Elizabeth Missiaen was fourth (9.35), Koronkowski fifth (9.3) and Abigail Missiaen sixth (8.925).
On floor exercise, Elizabeth Missiaen was second (9.525), and sister Abigail was third (9.275).
Moore felt it was a great day for everyone.
"This is a long meet with 16 teams," she said. "So it's always a good test of endurance, and I would say our all-around gymnasts did very well. Elizabeth (Missiaen) had a big day and is really working hard in the gym. This is her first year back after taking a few years off from the sport, and she is working to get all her difficulty (back into) her routines. She's been working really hard so it's great to see her be so successful, and she's having fun in the process.
"Abigail (Missiaen) is taking the year slow with a hip injury left over from the cross country season. She's seen limited action in most of the meets but wanted to test the all-around here and did very well. Becca (Koronkowski) competed mostly on the bars last season and has worked really hard to add the other events. She's been really focused on getting in the all-around and has done very well in the last few meets. Krystal (Nelson) was limited to one event but made the most of it by winning on the bars. Isabelle (Anderson) is limited to only the beam this season with a back injury but won the beam on Saturday. Emma Warr didn't have any personal bests at the meet but provided key depth in the beam, floor and bars."