Waupun Gymnastics Sets School Record At Spartan Invite

The Waupun Warrior gymnastics team broke the school record today enroute to a 5th place finish in the upper division of the 32nd annual Madison Memorial Invitational on Saturday.

The Warriors have been chasing the previous record of 133.55 set in the 2015-2016 season, and today was the day; posting a 134.25.
“I told the girls last night at practice – 134.075 was what I thought we’d score today (somewhat joking around, although I knew they were completely capable of that score and much more), and we all had a good laugh today when my “prediction” pretty much came true! Every meet they believe a little bit more, and it was so fun to see their determination and excitement build as we finished each event and tallied our scores. With 1 event left (Vault) we knew we had a good chance, and exactly what total and averages we needed to break the record. Instead of breaking under the pressure, they used it to get fired up. And we nailed those vaults. They wanted it! As a coach that’s the best feeling – knowing you’ve helped instill that confidence and drive to get the job done when it needs to be done.”
Despite fighting a bad head cold, Isabella Doege had one of her best days of her career, setting another school record on the floor exercise (9.475) (she set the bar record of 9.2 last year), which was good enough for 3rd place today. The previously held score of 9.45 by Jasmyn Bensley, (a very good family friend of hers who coincidentally got Isabella into the sport) was set in 2015. Doege also placed 4th on bars (8.9, her high of the season), and 5th All Around (35.225, 2nd best of her career and also a high this season).
“Izz was such a trooper today – a lot of the girls have been fighting the bugs that go around this time of the year, and we were worried how she would hold up. But she pushed through and had a pretty fantastic day.”
Grace Lenz had a solid day, no personal records, but was close to many and did place 8th on vault (8,,8). Fellow Senior Emily Rens had personal records on Vault (8.45), Bars (7.375), and All Around (32.375), while Sara Miller also boasted a personal record on Vault (8.2), and just missed the podium on beam (8.5). Freshman Nicole Roecker made her debut as an All-Arounder, posting PR’s on Vault (8.35), Bars (7.6), and Floor (8.425).
“Nicole has come so far in the last 3 months – it’s always fun to see how much progress the girls make when they go from working out 2-3 days a week in the youth program to 5 days a week in High School, and she’s been a wonderful addition to the team this year. The seniors adore her bubbly outgoing personality – she gets them laughing and fired up every time. She’s determined and a hard worker, and has fit in tremendously with the competition – mature seniors.”
“We work so hard on fighting for each tenth, bringing it back to basics and clean execution, and it’s showing how much that philosophy pays off. Even against these huge, dominating D1 schools, they never let it get to them. They know they’ve earned the right to be there, and just keep fighting. We could not be more proud of ALL the girls and their attitudes, determination, selflessness, and teamwork today. They are all a pleasure to coach, get along so well, and are so much fun to have in the gym. We also have a fantastic support system in our town and from our school district, which is so appreciated. Praying the rest of the season goes as well as today did! We aren’t taking anything for granted or taking our foot off the gas. We still have work to do,”
The Warriors host Shorewood Tuesday at Rock River Intermediate at 6:30 for parent / senior night and the final Greater Metro Conference dual meet of the season. The Warriors also host the conference meet Friday Feb 21.

Photo: Sara Miller, Emily Rens, Izzy Doege, Grace Lenz, Nicole Roecker
Submitted by Emily Engelhardt