JMM Gymnasts Leap into Action

For most of us, the winter months evoke snow flurries, temperatures below freezing, and the excitement and cheer surrounding the holidays. For the JMM gymnastics team, however, winter is the season of powdery white chalk flurries, dazzling leotards, and hopefully, another trip to state. Led by senior captains, Caitlin Murphy, Daine Riggins and Michelle Adler, the close-knit team has been practicing spotless routines and powerful tumbling passes since early November in preparation for yet another successful season. On December 9th, the Varsity squad got the chance to show off their hard work and skills at their first competition of the season, the Janesville Craig Invite. The team finished in 5th place with a score of 116.875 points putting just behind the 4th place team, Janesville Craig. Though injuries and conflicts kept them from scoring as high as they had hoped, the team celebrated a victory over rival team Madison West, who finished in 7th place. In addition to the team win, there were several individual accomplishments. With an impressive performance on the balance beam, Senior Caitlin Murphy finished in 6th place with a score of 8.3; and Freshman Jessie Kahn finished in 6th place on the vault, also with a score of 8.3.

The following Thursday, both the Varsity and JV teams competed in the first dual meet of the year against Janesville Parker. Memorial Varsity crushed Parker 129.9-108, and JV took the win as well, 109.35-79.4. Over winter break, the 1-0 team took a break from competition to perfect their routines in preparation for back-to-back dual meets against Madison United on January 5th, and a non-conference meet against Monona Grove on January 6th. Even if you’ve missed these meets, there are still many opportunities to come support your Memorial Spartans gymnastics team this season. You can come to the Thursday night dual meets in the Fieldhouse listed below, as well as the annual Spartan Invite on Saturday, January 27th, to witness amazing tricks from gymnasts all over the Madison area! Home meets are in bold in the schedule below. Happy gymnastics season! #GetReadyToFlipOut

2017-2018 JMM Gymnastics Schedule

Thursday, 1/11/18 vs Middleton – 6:00 PM (Teacher Appreciation Night)

Saturday, 1/13/18 @ Purgolder Invite – 9:00 AM

Thursday, 1/18/18 vs Verona/Madison Edgewood – 6:00 PM

Thursday, 1/25/18 @ West (Memorial Fieldhouse) – 6:30 PM

Saturday, 1/27/18 – SPARTAN INVITE – 10:00 AM

Thursday, 2/1/18 @ Sun Prairie – 6:00 PM

Thursday, 2/8/18 vs Janesville Craig – 6:00 PM (Senior/Parent Night)

Saturday, 2/10/18 @ Whitefish Bay Invite –

Saturday, 2/17/18 – JV / Varsity CONFERENCE @ Middleton – 10:15 AM

Saturday, 2/24/18 – SECTIONALS @ Madison Memorial – 11:15 AM

Friday, 3/2/18 – TEAM STATE @ Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln – 1:35 PM

Saturday, 3/3/18 – INDIVIDUAL STATE @ Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln – 10:45 AM


– Claire Reid

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