The Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics team will have a chance to lock up second place in the Big Eight Conference regular season after clipping Madison West Feb. 4 in a dual meet. The Wildcat/Crusaders improved their Big Eight record to 4-1 on Monday with a season-high 132.625 points, edging the Regents by 0.4 of a point at Madison Memorial High School. “We are progressively getting higher,” junior Hailey Dohnal said following the dual against West. “We are working on routines we struggle on and less on the ones where we don’t need as much work. I think this was a big confidence builder.”

Verona 132.625, Madison West 132.225

The Wildcat/Crusaders scored a season-high 132.625 points, edging the Regents by 0.4 of a point at Madison Memorial High School. Dohnal won the balance beam and floor to propel Verona/Madison Edgewood to a 132.625-132.225 win Monday over Madison West. Dohnal scored an 8.5 to win the balance beam and had an 8.9 on the floor. Dohnal tied Madison West’s Alex DeAngeles for first in the all-around competition with a 33.7. Veak led a V/ME sweep on the vault with an 8.8. Dohnal took second (8.45) and freshman Noelya Jaime Janaite placed third (8.4). Janite added a second-place finish on the floor (8.8).

Cardinal invite

The Wildcat/Crusaders finished fifth out of eight teams Saturday with 128.8 points at the Cardinal Invitational. Veak took second on the uneven bars (8.45) and had a team-high (8.15) on the balance beam. Fischer had the top score on the floor (8.65) and Dohnal had a team-best vault (8.5).

Spartan invite

The Wildcat/Crusaders displayed its depth on the way to winning the White division at the Spartan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26. Verona/Edgewood junior Hailey Dohnal tied Madison West freshman Ava Shager to win the balance beam with a score of 8.65. The Wildcat/Crusaders clipped the Regents for the team title 132.075-130.90. The Wildcat/Crusaders had three of the top five all-around gymnasts. Sophomore Maggie Veak finished third all-around (33.35) and Dohanl took fourth (33.175). Freshman Noelya Jaime Janiate placed fourth (33.925). Veak took second on the vault (9.075) and second on the uneven bars (8.425). Freshman Alyssa Fischer finished third on the floor (8.65). She added a fifth-place finish on the uneven bars (8.075). Dohnal placed fourth on the vault (8.75) and Janaite placed fourth on the beam (8.5).

Verona 127.1-Parker 106.45

Wildcat/Crusader gymnastics fans learn the meaning of a Yurchenko. Veak pulled off the difficult combination to win the event with a score of 8.35 in a Big Eight Conference dual meet against Janesville Parker Jan. 21 at Parker High School. The Wildcat/Crusaders won all four events to knock off the Vikings 127.1-106.45. The move, made famous by world all-around Soviet champion Natalia Yurchenko, is one of the toughest vaults in gymnastics, starting with a roundoff onto the springboard, a back handspring to the vault table and a back tuck dismount. Veak started to experiment with the Yurchenko last year at Gymfinity, where she competed in Level 8 club gymnastics. “I feel like it’s the best vault for me as a gymnast,” Veak said. “A vault where I enter backwards is just better for me.” In addition to feeling more comfortable for her than a front spring, she said, it tends to be worth more points. “I feel like it ends up scoring higher even if I don’t land it because it’s a stronger vault for me,” she said. Fischer was the all-around winner (32.375). The Wildcat/Crusaders swept the top three in the all-around competition. Veak took second (31.950) and junior Hailey Dohnal placed third (31.575).

V/ME 124.5, East/ La Follette 109.975

Even though Verona/Madison Edgewood didn’t win any events on Jan. 17, the Wildcat/Crusaders clipped Madison East/La Follette 124.50-109.975 based on the depth of its team at Glacier Edge Elementary School. Madison East/La Follete’s Thea Bender was the all-around winner (35.45) and won all four events. She finished first on the balance beam (9.1), floor (9.025), uneven bars (8.475) and vault (8.85). The Wildcat/Crusaders had the next four in the all-around competition, led by Veak, who took second (31.40), and Dohnal, who was third (30.80). “They have one standout gymnast,” co-coach Rachel Hauser said. “We have a team full of talented gymnasts. You need to have at least three kids because they count four scores.” Dohnal finished second on the floor (8.325) and second on the vault (7.9). Veak placed second on the uneven bars (8.0) and took second on the beam (7.85).

Verona/Edgewood 127.1, Parker 106.45

The Wildcat/Crusaders won all four events to knock off Janesville Parker 127.1-106.45 in a conference dual meet Monday at Parker High School. Freshman Alyssa Fischer was the all-around winner (32.375). The Wildcat/Crusaders swept the top three in the all-around competition. Veak took second (31.950) and junior Hailey Dohnal placed third (31.575). Verona/Madison Edgewood is 3-1 in Big Eight Conference dual meets. The Wildcat/Crusaders were coming off a victory over Madison East/ La Follette on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Glacier Edge Elementary School. Veak won the vault (8.35), and she tied Fischer for first (8.1) on the uneven bars. Freshman Noelya Jamie Janaite finished first on the floor with an 8.4. Dohnal, who celebrated her birthday, won the balance beam (8.525). Fischer posted a second-place finish on the floor (8.2).

V/ME 124.50, United 109.975

Even though Verona/Madison Edgewood didn’t win any events on Thursday, the Wildcat/Crusaders clipped the Madison United co-op (Madison East/La Follette) 124.50-109.975 based on the depth of its team at Glacier Edge Elementary School. United’s Thea Bender was the all-around winner (35.45) and won all four events. She finished first on the balance beam (9.1), floor (9.025), uneven bars (8.475) and vault (8.85). The Wildcat/Crusaders had the next four in the all-around competition, led by Veak, who took second (31.40), and Dohnal, who was third (30.80). Dohnal finished second on the floor (8.325) and second on the vault (7.9). Veak placed second on the uneven bars (8.0) and took second on the beam (7.85).

Purgolder invite

Behind a strong performance by Veak, the Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics team finished second in the Purple Division of the Purgolder Invitational Jan. 12. Waunakee/DeForest clipped the Wildcat/Crusaders for the team title 133.375-130.025. Veak finished third all-around with 33.675 points. She took third on the vault (8.65), fourth on the uneven bars (8.175) and fourth on the balance beam (8.35). Dohnal finished second on the beam with a team-high 8.875. Fischer was fourth in the all-around competition (32.675). She placed fifth on the floor (8.55) and sixth on the uneven bars (8.125).

Sun Prairie 129.1, V/ME 127.45

Veak won the vault with a score of 8.75 ZJan. 10, but Sun Prairie edged V/ME 129.10-127.45 at Glacier Edge Elementary School. Janaite took second on the balance beam (8.375) and tied Fischer for third on the floor (8.425). Fischer took second on the uneven bars (8.0) and took third all-around (32.225). “When I get high scores I feel like I have accomplished my goal,” Janaite said. “I definitely want to do my best.” Janaite said the beam is her favorite event. She said the beam is all about consistency and completing a routine. “I’m a perfectionist and it benefits me,” she said. Another area that separates Janiate on the beam is her front fly-out on the dismount. “It’s not something that many other girls do,” Janaite said. “It makes me stand out. It’s a lot different from everyone else.”

The Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics team will have a chance to lock up second place in the Big Eight Conference regular season after clipping Madison West Feb. 4 in a dual meet.

The Wildcat/Crusaders improved their Big Eight record to 4-1 on Monday with a season-high 132.625 points, edging the Regents by 0.4 of a point at Madison Memorial High School.

After losing to SUn Prairie Jan. 10, the team cruised in four other conference duals and competed in three invitationals.

“We are progressively getting higher,” junior Hailey Dohnal said after the dual against West. “We are working on routines we struggle on and less on the ones where we don’t need as much work. I think this was a big confidence builder.”

Verona 132.625, Madison West 132.225

Dohnal won the balance beam and floor to propel Verona/Madison Edgewood to a 132.625-132.225 win Monday over Madison West.

Dohnal scored an 8.5 to win the balance beam and had an 8.9 on the floor. Dohnal tied Madison West’s Alex DeAngeles for first in the all-around competition with a 33.7.

Veak led a V/ME sweep on the vault with an 8.8. Dohnal took second (8.45) and freshman Noelya Jaime Janaite placed third (8.4). Janite added a second-place finish on the floor (8.8).

Sixth at Cardinal invite

The Wildcat/Crusaders finished sixth of eight teams Saturday with 128.8 points at the Cardinal Invitational.

Veak took second on the uneven bars (8.45) and had a team-high (8.15) on the balance beam. Fischer had the top score on the floor (8.65) and Dohnal had a team-best vault (8.5).

Spartan invite win

The Wildcat/Crusaders displayed depth on the way to winning the White division at the Spartan Invitational Saturday, Jan. 26.

Dohnal tied Madison West freshman Ava Shager to win the balance beam with a score of 8.65.

The Wildcat/Crusaders clipped the Regents for the team title 132.075-130.90. The Wildcat/Crusaders had three of the top five all-around gymnasts. Sophomore Maggie Veak finished third all-around (33.35) and Dohanl took fourth (33.175). Freshman Noelya Jaime Janiate placed fourth (33.925).

Veak took second on the vault (9.075) and second on the uneven bars (8.425). Freshman Alyssa Fischer finished third on the floor (8.65). She added a fifth-place finish on the uneven bars (8.075).

Dohnal placed fourth on the vault (8.75) and Janaite placed fourth on the beam (8.5).

Verona 127.1,

Parker 106.45

Wildcat/Crusader gymnastics fans learned the meaning of a Yurchenko Jan. 21.

Veak pulled off the difficult combination to win the event with a score of 8.35 in a Big Eight Conference dual meet at Janesville Parker. The Wildcat/Crusaders won all four events to knock off the Vikings 127.1-106.45.

The move, made famous by world all-around Soviet champion Natalia Yurchenko, is one of the toughest vaults in gymnastics, starting with a roundoff onto the springboard, a back handspring to the vault table and a back tuck dismount.

Fischer was the all-around winner (32.375). The Wildcat/Crusaders swept the top three in the all-around competition. Veak took second (31.950) and junior Hailey Dohnal placed third (31.575).

V/ME 124.5,

United 109.975

Even though Verona/Madison Edgewood didn’t win any events on Jan. 17, the Wildcat/Crusaders clipped Madison East/La Follette 124.50-109.975 based on the depth of its team at Glacier Edge Elementary School.

United’s Thea Bender was the all-around winner (35.45) and won all four events. She finished first on the balance beam (9.1), floor (9.025), uneven bars (8.475) and vault (8.85). The Wildcat/Crusaders had the next four in the all-around competition, led by Veak, who took second (31.40), and Dohnal, who was third (30.80).

“They have one standout gymnast,” co-coach Rachel Hauser said. “We have a team full of talented gymnasts. You need to have at least three kids because they count four scores.”

Dohnal finished second on the floor (8.325) and second on the vault (7.9). Veak placed second on the uneven bars (8.0) and took second on the beam (7.85).

Verona/Edgewood 127.1, Parker 106.45

The Wildcat/Crusaders won all four events to knock off Janesville Parker 127.1-106.45 in a conference dual meet Monday at Parker High School.

Freshman Alyssa Fischer was the all-around winner (32.375). The Wildcat/Crusaders swept the top three in the all-around competition. Veak took second (31.950) and junior Hailey Dohnal placed third (31.575).

Veak won the vault (8.35), and she tied Fischer for first (8.1) on the uneven bars. Freshman Noelya Jamie Janaite finished first on the floor with an 8.4.

Dohnal, who celebrated her birthday, won the balance beam (8.525). Fischer posted a second-place finish on the floor (8.2).

V/ME 124.50,

United 109.975

Even though Verona/Madison Edgewood didn’t win any events Jan. 17, the Wildcat/Crusaders clipped the Madison United co-op (Madison East/La Follette) 124.50-109.975 based on the depth of its team at Glacier Edge Elementary School.

United’s Thea Bender was the all-around winner (35.45) and won all four events. She finished first on the balance beam (9.1), floor (9.025), uneven bars (8.475) and vault (8.85). The Wildcat/Crusaders had the next four in the all-around competition, led by Veak, who took second (31.40), and Dohnal, who was third (30.80).

Dohnal finished second on the floor (8.325) and second on the vault (7.9). Veak placed second on the uneven bars (8.0) and took second on the beam (7.85).

Purgolder invite

Behind a strong performance by Veak, the Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics team finished second in the Purple Division of the Purgolder Invitational Jan. 12.

Waunakee/DeForest clipped the Wildcat/Crusaders for the team title 133.375-130.025.

Veak finished third in the all-around with 33.675 points. She took third on the vault (8.65), fourth on the uneven bars (8.175) and fourth on the balance beam (8.35).

Dohnal finished second on the beam with a team-high 8.875. Fischer was fourth in the all-around competition (32.675). She placed fifth on the floor (8.55) and sixth on the uneven bars (8.125).

Sun Prairie 129.1,

V/ME 127.45

Veak won the vault with a score of 8.75 Jan. 10, but Sun Prairie edged V/ME 129.10-127.45 at Glacier Edge Elementary School.

Janaite took second on the balance beam (8.375) and tied Fischer for third on the floor (8.425).

Fischer took second on the uneven bars (8.0) and took third in the all-around (32.225).

“When I get high scores, I feel like I have accomplished my goal,” Janaite said. “I definitely want to do my best.”

Janaite said the beam is her favorite event. She said the beam is all about consistency and completing a routine.

“I’m a perfectionist, and it benefits me,” she said.

Another area that separates Janiate on the beam is her front fly-out on the dismount.

“It’s not something that many other girls do,” Janaite said. “It makes me stand out. It’s a lot different from everyone else.”