Coach Erin Kokta's Brookfield Central/East co-op gymnastics team had another successful trip to the WIAA State Gymnastics Meet, March 4-5 at Wisconsin Rapids.

In the team competition, Brookfield finished fourth (143.8667) behind Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall (149.3167), Kenosha Bradford/Indian Trails/Tremper (147.6000) and Arrowhead (144.2667).

'The experience of team day at state is so fulfilling, particularly because seldom in gymnastics do you get to focus solely on the results of the team,' Kokta said. 'I enjoyed watching our girls compete with pride for their teammates and school. I saw the excitement and pride the girls had for the team and school, and it filtered into each event and each routine that we did, which made our return trip this year even more gratifying.

'As a team, we really pulled together and had our most impressive beam showing of the year. It shows that their rewards are not only medals and personal accolades but the memories and relationships they create that will stay with them forever. It's been a privilege to be able to run this program and to coach this group of fantastic young ladies.'

Seven medals

Individual day was also successful, as Brookfield walked away with seven individual medals, including a state champion and three of the six all-around podium spots.

Amanda Pennow earned her second state title on the bars (9.4670) in three years and took fifth in the all-around (36.983).

'Amanda was co-champion as a sophomore and this year was the sole champion and posted the highest bars score in the team competition as well,' Kokta said.

Caitlin Locante finished second in the all-around (37.3500) and third on floor (9.23).

'Caitlin had the best meet of her high school career and placed in the top three on both of the events that she qualified in, as well as career-high scores on both vault and bars,' Kokta said. 'She hit all eight of her routines over the two-day meet and posted her two highest all-around scores of the season.'

Lexi Romeo earned a fourth on beam (9.2), sixth on floor (9.217) and sixth in the all-around (36.767).

'Lexi walked away with the three individual medals as only a sophomore,' Kokta said. 'She just continues to get better and better and was one of the top all-around athletes in the state all season.'

Seniors impressive

Kokta was very impressed with her seniors last weekend.

'My seniors really stepped up in more ways that one over the weekend,' she said. 'Amanda broke her big toe on team day and showed her courage as she fought through individual day with major success.

'Hope Peterson (senior captain) had the best meet I've seen from her all season, hitting all three of her events, including having a season-high vault score for the team. Allie Bullen (senior captain) has incredible drive and was in our bar lineup but, due to a shoulder injury, couldn't compete in her final year, but her joy and passion for her team is contagious.

'I've watched these seniors grow into wonderful young women and exude the life skills that will help them develop into mature and responsible adults. They show growth and leadership by making personal sacrifices, sometimes without recognition, all for the sake of their team.'

State team members were Pennow, Locante, Romero, Peterson, Bullen, Caitlyn Albrecht, Olga Boukhvalova and Christina Kirmis.


1. Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall (149.3167), 2. Kenosha Bradford/Indian Trails/Tremper (147.6000), 3. Arrowhead (144.2667), 4. Brookfield East/Central (143.8667),5. Grafton/Cedarburg (137.8667), 6. Manitowoc Lincoln (137.3000), 7. Middleton (136.8167), 8. GET/CFC/Luth/MM/Wh (135.2833), 9. Stevens Point (134.0833), 10. Madison Memorial (132.8833).