Marshfield finishes eighth at WIAA state gymnastics team event

Marshfield gymnastics team competed at the 2019 WIAA State Gymnastics Championships at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School on Friday and finished eighth in the Division 1 team competition. (Photo by Stuart Sundby/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)
Marshfield freshman Hanna Merkel competes on the balance beam at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School on Friday. (Photo by Stuart Sundby/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield gymnastics team finished eighth out of 10 teams in the Division 1 team competition at the 2019 WIAA State Gymnastics Championships on Friday at Lincoln High School.

The Tigers finished with a score of 131.3167, slipping past Madison Memorial by 0.167 of a point for eighth. Franklin won the team title for the second year in a row with a score of 148.2833.

Gracie Holland topped the Tigers in the balance beam (9.0), uneven bars (9.25) and vault (9.267), and did not compete in the floor.

Emma Haugen led the floor routines for the Tigers with a score of 8.833. Brooke McGrath had a strong floor as well, finishing with an 8.55, as did Ally Nakke with an 8.2.

Emma Haugen, a Marshfield senior, competes on the vault at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School on Friday. (Photo by Stuart Sundby/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Hanna Merkel had a 7.683 and Haugen had a 7.4 on the balance beam, and Haugen scored 7.767 on the uneven bars and Merkel had a score of 7.75.

Behind Holland, the other four Marshfield competitors all scored above 8. Haugen had an 8.433, Sophie Nikolay scored an 8.35, McGrath charted an 8.267, and Kimberly Backaus had an 8.15.

Holland and Haugen will turn their attention to the individual championships on Saturday, which begin at 11:30 a.m. Holland will compete in the all-around and Haugen in the vault.

2019 WIAA State Gymnastics Championships
Division 1 Team Competition, March 1
Team scores:
1. Franklin Co-op 148.2833; 2. Burlington Co-op 144.2167; 3. Hartford 142.25; 4. Hartland Arrowhead 141.667; 5. Waukesha West Co-op 139.933; 6. Hudson 137.2333; 7. Manitowoc 134.0333; 8. Marshfield 131.3167; 9. Madison Memorial 131.3; 10. Middleton 130.7667.
Marshfield events
Balance beam:
Gracie Holland 9.0; Hanna Merkel 7.683; Emma Haugen 7.4; Shantel Nienast 7.233; Makenna Yeske 6.7.
Floor exercise: Haugen 8.833; Brooke McGrath 8.55; Ally Bakke 8.2; Merkel 7.85; Sophie Nikolay 7.483.
Uneven bars: Holland 9.25; Haugen 7.767; Merkel 7.75; Nienast 7.483; Alexis Mushel 7.467.
Vault: Holland 9.267; Haugen 8.433; Nikolay 8.35; McGrath 8.267; Kimberly Backaus 8.15.