Menomonie, Wis. – March 10, 2019 – After finishing eighth overall at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships one year ago, the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils captures its first-ever conference championship in the sport of women’s gymnastics, competing in their home gym on Saturday afternoon.
UW-Stout won with a team score of 190.225, and it was followed by a 188.950 from UW-Oshkosh and a 187.425 from UW-Whitewater, as those three programs qualified as a team for the 2019 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championship, hosted at UW-Oshkosh on March 23.
Taking fourth overall was UW-La Crosse, which produced a 186.550, while Winona State finished fifth with a 185.675. Rounding out the eight teams was Gustavus Adolphus with a 184.725, a 184.275 from Hamline and a 183.975 from UW-Eau Claire.
UW-Stout’s Brooke Terry won the all-around competition with a score of 38.075, as Samantha Ardy of Gustavus Adolphus was second with a 37.850. Mikala Bugge of UW-Stout was third with a 37.750, just edging Emily North of UW-Whitewater, who produced a 37.550. Wrapping up the top six was Jessica Bernardo of UW-Oshkosh, who notched a 37.300, just before Gustavus Adolphus’s Amanda Malo, who produced a 37.050.
On vault, UW-Stout’s Shadae Boone won with a 9.725, followed by a tie for second place between Abigail Missiaen and Lauren Marshall from UW-Whitewater, who posted matching scores of 9.525. Next was Terry and Bugge, who had a 9.500 and 9.475 respectively, before Sam Weyker from UW-La Crosse and Emily Gilot from UW-Oshkosh wrapped up the top six with matching scores of 9.425.
Next, on the uneven bars, UW-Stout’s Sierra Beaver produced a 9.625 to win the event, before teammate Mallary Dick posted a 9.550 to tie with Rahdea Jarvis of UW-Oshkosh at 9.550. Malo and Ardy were next with matching 9.500, while Blaisee Wilson of UW-Whitewater also came in with a 9.500.
Terry won the balance beam with a big 9.750, just edging out teammate Britney Wolfe, who posted a 9.725 along with Kaira Hammond from UW-Oshkosh, who also had a 9.725. Next was Kelly Johnston of Winona State, who posted a score of 9.650, while UW-Oshkosh’s Baylee Tkaczuk registered a 9.625 to take fifth. North and Franchesca Hutton-Lau of UW-Whitewater finished off the top six with tying scores of 9.575.
Lastly, on floor, Bugge and Darby Slater of Hamline posted the top scores of the day at 9.825, finishing ahead of a five-way tie for third, including Belle Ihde from UW-Stout, Malo, Kiya Bjorge and Amelia Moorehouse of UW-Eau Claire, and Bernardo.