Not many athletes can say they’ve gone undefeated at any level, but after a win on Senior Day over Gustavus Adolphus College Saturday, the women’s gymnastics team has finished the regular season with a perfect record.
The sixth ranked Warhawks won Saturday’s meet 184.100-174.925.
The meet started with the ’Hawks on the vault.
Junior Katie Thompson placed first, freshman Cici Talcott took second, junior Siri Wischmann took third and sophomore Kaitlyn Weber placed fourth. Thompson’s score of 9.65 ended up being tied for tenth best in school history.
Head coach Jennifer Regan was quick to give praise to Wischmann, as she’s been slowed down by injuries for much of the season.
“Siri’s been battling some injuries all year and we actually had to sit her for most of the week because of her wrist injury,” Regan said. “She really stepped it up big time and did very well in all three events she competed in.”
The ’Hawks didn’t dominate the second and third rotations like the first, but finished the meet strong on the floor exercise. Sophomore Allyse Dieringer and junior Mary Kate Young tied for first with a score of 9.625.
The ’Hawks placed the top six scores of the meet in the floor routine, totaling 47.800 points. This ended up being the sixth best team floor score in school history.
Senior Katrin Finch wanted to make her last meet at UW-Whitewater one to remember.
“It was kind of sad, but kind of exciting at the same time knowing that I could help my team out,” Finch said. “I definitely could’ve performed better, and I would’ve liked to win my vault, but I was so happy to compete in my last meet at home.”
When confronted with the thought of this undefeated team going to nationals, Finch was happy to talk about just how far the ’Hawks could go in her final season.
“Words can’t describe how amazing that would be because our senior class has worked so hard to try and win it all,” Finch said. “We were the first class to qualify for nationals as freshmen, and this program has really come a long way and we’ve been a major part of the change, so it’s been really special.”
The WIAC Conference meet is the next task for the ’Hawks and it comes at 4 p.m. Saturday in Eau Claire.