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Jerry wins state floor title

Wildcat senior Carly Jerry stands atop the awards podium after winning a state individual championship on floor while freshman Paige Skorseth, far right, takes her spot after placing fifth at the WIAA Gymnastics Championships Friday night in Wisconsin Rapids. Bill Loomis photo

Senior Carly Jerry won a state championship for the floor exercise and the Cats took home medals in all five events at the WIAA State Individual Gymnastics Tournament March 5 in Wisconsin Rapids.

Jerry won the title on the floor with a score of 9.4 and finished sixth in the all-around competition with a total of 35.05.

Senior Kali Kramolis also earned medals in two events, finishing third on the balance beam with a score of 9.05 and fourth on the uneven bars with 9.05. Sophomore Sierra Becker took fifth in the vault with a score of 9.167 while freshman Paige Skorseth finished fifth on floor with 9.167.

Sophomore Ruth Anderson-Benge also qualified for the state individual tournament and tied for 11th on floor with a score of 8.867 and tied for 12th on the uneven bars with 8.583.

"We had five girls performing 14 competitive routines and they all executed their routines as planned," head coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis said. "That's all you can ask for."

Kahut-Loomis said it was impressive to see a Wildcat on the awards podium in all five events.

"It's a big accomplishment to qualify for state individually, and then the next big step is to be able to stand on that podium as a top six place winner at state," she said.

Jerry also finished 14th in the vault and 18th on the uneven bars. But Kahut-Loomis said the floor championship is what the senior has had her eye on for four years.

"Carly had a goal since she was a freshman to win floor and now she did," the coach said. "It's great to see her win it as a senior."

Skorseth also qualified for state in the all-around and just missed earning a medal with an eighth-place total of 34.967. She finished 13th on the balance beam, 15th in the vault and 19th on the uneven bars.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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