Coming off its first conference championship in 10 years and a second consecutive fourth-place finish at the state meet, Brookfield's girls gymnastics team brings back four key contributors.
The co-op between Brookfield Central and Brookfield East has 26 gymnasts on the roster, including nine that are new to the team.
"We have a great mix of veterans and rookies to the team this year," Brookfield coach Erin Kokta said. "It's great to watch the girls over the first few weeks of practice as you can see the positive dynamic and rapport of the team grow."
Senior Caitlin Locante (Brookfield Central) returns after taking second place in the all-around and third place in the floor exercise at the WIAA state meet. Junior Lexi Romero (Brookfield Central) will look to build on her strong sophomore season when she placed sixth in the all-around, fourth on the balance beam and sixth in the floor exercise.
Junior Christina Kirmis (Brookfield East) and sophomore Caitlyn Albrecht (Brookfield Central) are also back from last year's state-qualifying team. Senior Olga Boukhvalova (Brookfield Central) is out for the season due to injury but is still one of the team's leaders.
Kokta has seen many of the newcomers fighting to contribute to the varsity team, including freshmen Lexi Penney (Brookfield East), Riley Feng (Brookfield Central) and Sophie Latona (Brookfield Central); junior Rose Dundun (Brookfield East); and senior Alexa Keane (Brookfield Central).
Last season, Brookfield won the North Shore Conference championship at the varsity and JV levels for the first time in 10 years. The co-op then went on to win a sectional championship to make the state meet for the second straight year.
Brookfield must replace three seniors, including Amanda Pennow, who won a state title on the uneven bars last season.
The co-op was scheduled to open its season with a meet against Grafton/Cedarburg on Wednesday, Dec. 7.