Maddie Olson

Senior Maddie Olson scored a team-best 8.775 on the balance beam at the Red Hawks’ sectional meet.

Sometimes all you got is just not enough.

The Milton High School gymnastics team finished fifth out of eight teams at its WIAA sectional on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Burlington High School.

No individuals for Milton qualified for the state meet.

“Franklin, Muskego, Union Grove, Whitnall teams just have got powerhouse seniors this year that are pretty dominant,” Milton head coach Kristine Farnsworth said. “They’re all really high-level gymnastics. That’s tough to try and place amongst those kids.”

“But just really happy overall with the girls. It’s a lot of pressure.” Farnsworth added.

The Red Hawks finished with a team score of 133.575. Franklin co-op took first with an impressive team score 150.025.

Balance Beam

Milton collected a score of 34.65 on the balance beam, the highest score for the team out of any event.

“We had some real solid routines, but with the competition that was there, it just wasn’t enough,” Farnsworth said.

Senior Maddie Olson scored an 8.775 on the beam, best on the team and good for 15th.

“Maddie Olson had an awesome set,” Farnsworth said. “I was hoping the score would be a little bit higher, but they didn’t give her credit for some of her higher-level jumps. That was a little unfortunate, but she handled the pressure well. Just happy she ended her season on a positive note.”

Freshman Ireland Olstad and sophomore Lindsey Heitsman tied for 18th with scores of 8.7. Sophomore Josie Hasenstab rounded out the Red Hawks’ score with an 8.475.

Junior Caroline Burki recorded a score of 7.475 on the event.


The Red Hawks’ second-best score came on the vault, with the team scoring a 34.55.

Heitsman finished with a score of 9.150, just two spots short of a fifth-place finish and a trip to state.

“Lindsey was really close,” Farnsworth said. “She had two really nice solid vaults and hit the landings on both. Just again, not enough.”

Olson placed 17th with a score of 8.55. Burki and junior Chrissy Hughes tied for 19th with scores of 8.425. Olstad was not far behind her teammates with an 8.2.

Floor Exercise

Olstad (16th) led Milton on the floor exercise with a score of 8.700 as the Red Hawks collected a team score of 32.975 on the event.

Heitsman recorded an 8.55 on the floor, good for 19th overall. Burki (8.175) and senior Emilia Licary (7.55) finished out the rest of the Red Hawks’ scoring.

Freshman Rachel Bergeron scored a 6.850 on the event.

Uneven Bars

Milton’s lowest score (31.400) came on the uneven bars.

“We started out on bars and were the first team up on that,” Farnsworth said. “We had a little bit of a shaky start.”

Heitsman (8.1) and junior Kayla Gonsiorowski (8.075) placed 17th and 18th, respectively.

Olson and Burki capped off scoring on the bars for the Red Hawks. Olson scored a 7.825, while Burki collected a 7.4. Bergeron scored a 7.3.

Heitsman finished just short of a top-10 finish in the all-around competition, placing 11th with a score of 34.5.

“After the meet was said and done, the kids were talking about what they were going to work on and all the different skills they want to acquire for next season,” Farnsworth said. “For me as a coach, that is inspiring.”

The Red Hawks will graduate three seniors, Olson, Licary and Alexa Matzke.

Farnsworth said Olson’s skills and leadership will be missed.

Farnsworth noted there will be a new co-op rule for next year, which she said could change the dynamic of sectionals and qualifying for state.

The new rule set to be put in place next year will disallow co-ops to have a combined enrollment larger than any solo school in that division.

The top three teams at this year’s sectional meets were co-ops.

Although Milton does team up with Edgerton High School, Farnsworth said the rule change will be a positive for her team, because it will help disband big co-ops that have multiple schools.

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