The Antigo Red Robins gymnastics team has a long and storied tradition.
That tradition will once again by on display at this weekend’s State Meet, as a pair of juniors, Claire Musolff and Kaley Zarda have both qualified for the individual portion of the event.
They are both returnees to State, as Musolff is now a perfect three-for-three in her high school career, while Zarda will make her second appearance, after qualifying two years ago as a freshman.
Competing in Thursday’s WIAA Division Two Sectional inside the monstrous Hodag Dome in Rhinelander, Musolff qualified in both the all-around event and the vault, while Zarda also turned the trick in two events, heading to State on both the balance beam and floor exercise.
As a team, the Lady Robins just missed out on a State appearance, taking third place overall in the nine-team field.
The top two teams move on to State, and those spots belonged to first place Medford and second place Ashland.
Medford totaled 132.8500 team points. Ashland was second at 126.7000 and the Robins were less than a point-and-a-half way, ending the night with 125.2250 points.
Individual qualifiers need to place in the top five to advance. Musolff was fifth overall in the all-around and placed third in the vault. She also missed out by a single spot on the balance beam, finishing just .050 points behind Zarda.
Musolff was also 10th on the floor exercise and 12th on the uneven bars.
In addition to Zarda’s fifth place on the beam, she qualifies with a fourth place showing on the floor exercise. She had a narrow miss on the vault, taking seventh.
Zarda was also ninth in the all-around and 21st on the uneven bars.
Sophomore Andrea Shestak had a good day as well, although she did not qualify for the State Meet, she showed the potential she has as an upperclassman next season.
Shestak was 12th in the all-around, seventh on the bars, 13th on the beam, 14th in the vault and 17th on the floor.
Fellow sophomore Hannah Williams took 27th in the all-around, with her highest individual finish on the floor exercise, where she placed 26th.
Also competing on the day for Antigo was Marina Lis, Bella Cmaylo and Sierra Oelke.
Lis’ highest finish was 17th on the uneven bars, Cmaylo was 21st on the balance beam and Oelke took 35th on the vault.
Ashland’s Catie McPherson was the all-around champion, while Medford had the next three finishers ahead of Musollf, in Makala Ulrich, Kyla Krause and Kate Malchow.
All sectional competitors for the Robins were underclassmen, setting the stage for what has the potential to be a very strong 2021-22 roster.
Musolff and Zarda meanwhile, will now prepare for Saturday’s Division Two State Meet, to be held at Performance Elite Gymnastics in La Crosse.
WIAA Division Two Sectional Meet
Rhinelander High School
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021
Team scores: 1. Medford 132.8500; 2. Ashland 126.7000; 3. Antigo 125.2250; 4. Rhinelander 119.3500; 5. Grantsburg-Unity 116.7000; 6. Rice Lake 116.2750; 7. Mosinee 115.6750; 8. Lakeland 100.8000; 9. Chequamegon 58.825
Top two plus Antigo placements
All-around: 1. Catie McPherson (A
SH) 34.075; 2. Makala Ulrich (MED) 33.300; 5. Claire Musolff (ANT) 32.675; 9. Kaley Zarda (ANT) 31.825; 12. Andrea Shestak (ANT) 31.225; 27. Hannah Williams (ANT) 26.100
Vault: 1. Kyla Krause (MED) 9.400; 2. McPherson (ASH) 9.000; 3. Musolff (ANT) 8.950; 7. Zarda (ANT) 8.500; 14. Shestak (ANT) 8.250; 27. Williams (ANT) 7.850; 35. Sierra Oelke (ANT) 7.250
Uneven bars: 1. Kate Malchow (MED) 8.575; 2. Avery Ahles (MOS) 8.050; 7. Shestak (ANT) 7.775; 12. Musolff (ANT) 7.400; 17. Marina Lis (ANT) 7.050; 21. Zarda (ANT) 6.600; 34. Williams (ANT) 4.550
Balance beam: 1. Ulrich (MED) 8.550; 2. Kate Malchow (MED) 8.450; 5. Zarda (ANT) 7.975; 6. Musolff (ANT) 7.925; 13. Shestak (ANT) 7.300; 21. Bella Cmaylo (ANT) 7.050; 32. Williams (ANT) 6.150
Floor exercise: 1. McPherson (ASH) 9.150; 2. Ulrich (MED) 9.050; 4. Zarda (ANT) 8.750; 10. Musolff (ANT) 8.400; 17. Shestak (ANT) 7.900; 26. Williams (ANT) 7.550; 28. Cmaylo (ANT) 7.500