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Mularski makes the podium

Hartford Union junior places 4th all-around; teammate Perkowski finishes 13th

“I love competing with her.

She’s a really good gymnast.”

– Emily Perkowski 262-306-5051 Orioles freshman on teammate Annie Mularski WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Grins turned into full-fledged smiles.

Hartford Union gymnast Annie Mularski and Orioles assistant coach Bobbi Scherr had nearly identical reactions as it was announced Saturday that Madison East/La Follette senior Tyra Turner earned fifth place all-around with a score of 37.15 at the WIAA Division 1 State Gymnastics Individual Meet.

Turner’s score meant Mularski, competing in her first WIAA state meet, was at least fourth all-around after registering a 37.233. The junior’s name was announced next, and she dutifully walked to the podium as the Scherr family, all Orioles coaches, and multiple teammates applauded.

Mularski’s score was a personal-best for the season, and she eclipsed or tied her season-best scores on three of four events Saturday, one day after competing at the team state meet. Mularski tallied scores of 9.383 on the vault, 9.45 on the uneven bars and 9.267 on the floor exercise. She scored a 9.133 on the balance beam.

“It was a PR, and all the hard work paid off,” Mularski said of the all-around score while looking down at the three medals draped around her neck.

Asked if one medal was more important than the rest, she sighed.

“I don’t really rank them — a medal is a medal,” she said. “I worked hard for all of them.”

Added teammate Emily Perkowski, “I competed with her for so many years during club, and I love competing with her. She’s a really good gymnast.”

Perkowski and West Bend West junior Olivia Burns also participated in the individual state meet, along with all other top-5 placers in Feb. 24’s Manitowoc Sectional. Perkowski placed 13th all-around with a PR score of 36.3, while Burns placed 20th with a 34.967.

“I had the highest all-around of my season, so I think it went pretty well,” Perkowski said. “I was just glad I made it to state as a freshman.”


Hartford Union’s Annie Mularski reacts as another gymnast is named fifth-place all-around Saturday during the WIAA Division 1 State Gymnastics Individual Championships at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln HIgh School in Wisconsin Rapids. Mularski placed fourth all-around. Gidal Kaiser/Daily News

Hartford Union’s Emily Perkowski performs her balance beam routine Saturday.

Gidal Kaiser/Daily News

Gymnastics: Sectional group ‘supportive’

“It definitely helped being there last year — I kind of had a feel for it better,” Burns said. She placed 19th with a 34.3 at the 2017 individual meet.

The group began on the balance beam.

“After a first event, if I hit it, I know it’s going to be a good meet,” Mularski said. “I hit it (Saturday), and so I knew it was going to be a good meet from the beginning.”

Perkowski scored a 9.15, while Burns got an 8.533.

They went to the floor next. Perkowski scored an 8.967 and Burns got an 8.567.

On the vault, Mularski reached a PR and reached the podium, and then did so on the bars as well.

Burns was 15th with a 9.17 on the vault, while Perkowski scored a 9.0. Ending on the bars, Perkowski placed 11th (9.183) and Burns placed 16th (8.85).

“My bars and vault, I thought I performed really well on,” Burns said. “It was a god way to finish up the meet.”

“Sometimes we’re back and forth with each other,” Perkowski said of competing with and against her teammate. “But watching her helps me motivate myself to try and go out there and do my best, too.”

Said Orioles head coach Mary Scherr, “I was very happy with how the girls did on Saturday. I really couldn’t have asked for more from either of them. They did their routines beautifully, they did everything we talked abut, everything I asked of them.”

The group, which consisted of seven gymnasts, at least two coaches from each school and an injured Shaye Taubner of Cedarburg, from the start cheered for one another during each event.

“It was super-fun. We were all really supportive of each other, wanted each other to do well,” Burns said.

“I didn’t feel like I was competing against any of them. I wanted all of us to do well and have our best meet of the season.”

WIAA Division 1 State Gymnastics Individual Meet Top 6, Washington County athletes All-Around 1. Alexis Woida, Arrowhead, 37.767; 2. Lexi Romero, Brookfield co-op, 37.417; 3. Maggie Losch, Kenosha co-op, 37.283; 4. Annie Mularski, Hartford Union, 37.233; 5. Tyra Turner, Madison East/La Follette, 37.15; 6. Lexi Penney, Brookfield East/Central, 36.867; 13. Emily Perkowski, HU, 36.3; 20. Olivia Burns, West Bend West, 34.967 Balance beam 1. Georgia Williams, Waukesha co-op, 9.517; 2. Mackenzie Pendelton, Mukwonago co-op, 9.467; 3. Abby Cibulka, Cedarburg/Grafton, 9.45; T4. Holli Anderson, Franklin co-op, 9.4; T4. Penney 9.4; 6. Romero 9.333; 10. Mularski 9.133; 23. Burns 8.533; NQ. Perkowski 9.15 Floor exercise T1. Allayah Lane, Sun Prairie, 9.4; T1. Romero 9.4; T3. Losch 9.383; T3. Karina Sabol, MIddleton, 9.383; T3. Elizabeth Missiaen, Franklin co-op, 9.383; 6. T6. Cibulka 9.367; T6. Caelen Lansing, La Crosse co-op, 9.367; 10. Mularski 9.267; NQ. Perkowski 8.967; NQ. Burns 8.567 Uneven bars 1. Krystal Nelson, Franklin co-op, 9.567; 2. Taylor Raskin, Homestead, 9.533; 3. Woida 9.5; 4. Mularski 9.45; 5. Lydia Anderson, Franklin co-op, 9.333; 6. Regan Cassidy, Burlington co-op, 9.3; 11. Perkowski 9.183; 16. Burns 8.85 Vault T1. Sabol 9.6; T1. Turner 9.6; 3. Woida 9.45; 4. Cailin Mahoney, Nicolet, 9.433; 5. Mularski 9.383; 6. Penney 9.317; 15. Burns 9.017; NQ. Perkowski 9.0

West Bend West’s Olivia Burns performs her floor exercise routine Saturday during the WIAA Division 1 State Gymnastics Individual Championships at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln HIgh School in Wisconsin Rapids. Gidal Kaiser/Daily News

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