Rounding into postseason form nicely, the defending WIAA D1 state champion Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall girls gymnastics co-op used depth to outlast the rival and returning state runner-up Kenosha co-op to win the Southeast/Classic 8 Conference title on Feb. 16.
FMOW and Kenosha will butt heads again in WIAA sectional competition at Mukwonago at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.
The top two teams and first five individuals in all events, including the all-around, will advance to the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on March 3 and 4.
FMOW turned in a score of 147.4 to beat Kenosha (146.525) and Arrowhead (140.5) for the title. It did this despite the fact Kenosha went one-two in three of the five individual events, including the all-around.
But as noted, depth saved the day for FMOW. Elizabeth Missiaen took the only first for the team with a spectacular 9.775 on vault. It was the local co-op's best all-around event with a 37.625 total, as Abigail Missiaen was fourth (9.5), and Becca Koronkowski and Kathy Pecha tied for sixth (9.175).
FMOW placed third in the top six of the all-around. Elizabeth Missiaen was third (37.525), Abigail Missiaen was fourth (37.4) and Krystal Nelson was sixth (37.275).
In other events, FMOW also placed three in the top six on uneven bars, as Nelson was third (9.275), Elizabeth Missiaen fourth (9.175) and Abigail Missiaen sixth (9.05).
On balance beam, Abigail Missiaen was second (9.45) and Isabelle Anderson fifth (9.325), and in floor exercise, Abigail Missiaen was third (9.4) and Elizabeth Missiaen fourth (9.35).