The 2018 Sectionals team: N. Donkle (12), D. Riggins (12), S. Bieniek (10), A. Rios (9), J. Kahn (9), V. Diaz (11), C. Murphy (12), M. Adler (12), A. Jackson (12)
Our JMM gymnasts closed the books on another successful season on Saturday, February 24th at the Sectionals competition hosted on our home floor. This year, these talented athletes used Sectionals as a venue to debut plenty of impressive new skills. Senior Natalie Donkle introduced a high-flying double flyaway dismount into her bars routine, resulting in uproarious applause from her teammates and spectators. Donkle continued to wow the judges, adding an aerial connection into her dismount on balance beam. These stunning performances earned Donkle Individual State qualifying positions on Bars, Beam, and All Around. The future of the team also looks incredibly promising. Freshman Alyssa Rios amazed everyone with two stunning giants into a layout flyaway- a skill she’d only been training a few weeks! Rios’s classmate, Jessie Kahn, who’d been on benched at Conference with a hip injury only a week prior, competed a powerful tsuk vault for the first time. Despite falling short of a fifth consecutive trip to state as a team, the girls still finished with a season record team score of 135.2, putting them in third place behind Middleton (140.725) and Sun Prairie (139.925) but ahead of West. Congrats on an amazing season, Spartans!
Come cheer on Natalie at the Individual State competition on Saturday, March 3rd @ Wisconsin Rapids!
– Claire Reid