The Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine gymnastics team capped off its week with a first-place finish at the eight-team Wisconsin Rapids Invite on Jan. 7 with a season-high total score of 134.925. Ashland finished in second with a 131.625.
Mackenzie Pendleton helped lead the way for MKM with third-place finishes on beam (9.175) and floor (8.825) and was 10th in the all-around with a 33.25.
"Mackenzie is starting to realize her potential and the scores show it," MKM coach Tom Werth said. "She works hard in practice and is fun to watch as she competes."
Emma Jaworski was MKM's highest placewinner of the meet with a second-place finish on vault (a personal-best 8.750. Jaworski also finished seventh on both the beam and floor.
"I’m proud of Emma, who puts a lot of work in every practice," Werth said. "This is really her first year of competing, and her hard work has earned her a spot on the varsity squad, where she contributes on beam, floor and vault. She had her best meet of the season so far, and the hard work is paying off."
Maddy Krumenacher was fourth on the bars with a score of 8.525, fifth on the beam with a score of 9.0 and fifth in the all-around with a score of 33.7. Malia Christiansen finished fifth on floor with 8.65, fifth on bars with 8.4 and sixth in the all-around with a score of 33.4.
"Maddy Krumenacher and Malia Christiansen have been two of our strongest competitors this season," Werth said. "Both have tremendous potential and have shown signs of this potential throughout the season. Although both are nursing some nagging injuries, their effort in practice and meets is tremendous. They are two girls that the rest of the team looks up to."
Kelsee Koresch had a solid meet and placed fifth on vault with a score of 8.55.
"Kelsee is another hard worker for this team and it shows through her competition scores," Werth said.
On Jan. 5, MKM took second at a tri-meet with a 131.7. Kenosha won the event with a 138.925.
Christiansen and Krumenacher were second and third on bars, respectively. Koresch placed third on vault.
"As the season progresses, we will continue to add more difficulty and event requirements to our routines," Werth said. "The potential for this team is endless. Being a building year, I look forward to seeing what this team’s true scores will be as we move through the season."
The JV team won the tri-meet on Jan. 5 with a score of 114.65. Winnie Sinkler won both the bars and vault.