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Platteville junior wins four individual SWC title to lead Hillmen to second place finish at conference meet
Brooke Von Glahn
Platteville Brooke Von Glahn won the bars uneven (9.0), balance beam (8.750) and floor exercise (9.125), as well as the all-around (35.425) title to help the Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster co-op finished second at last Thursday's SWC Championships.

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Brooke Von Glahn, Jr., Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster gymnastics team
Platteville junior Brooke Von Glahn dominated the conference meet, winning individual conferences title on the bars (9.0), balance beam (8.750) and floor exercise (9.125) to win the all-around (35.425) title and keep the Hillmen in contention for a team title. Von Glahn also placed sixth on the vault (8.55).

“Brooke continued to lead our team on bars with an high level routine with good execution,” said Hillmen head coach Jessica Hill. “Brooke’s high level of difficulty and excellent execution on the beam allowed her to win the event even though she struggled with one of her skills.” 

Despite Von Glahn's tremendous individual effort, Dodgeville/Mineral Point/Iowa–Grant posted a combined score of 133.675 to edge host Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster (133.25) to win the Southwest Wisconsin Conference Championships title Thursday night at Platteville High School.

Belmont senior Hailey Jentz placed third on the beam (8.45), tied for 10th on the floor (8.45), tied for 11th on the vault (8.3) and placed 13th on the bars (7.925) to finish tied for sixth in the all-around (33.125) for the Hillmen.

Platteville junior Mackenzie Champion tied for sixth on the bars (8.15), placed eighth on the floor (8.6), 10th on the beam (8.0), and 20th on the vault (7.975) to finish eighth in the all-around (32.725). 

Freshman Macie Galle finished 10th on the bars (8.05), tied for 14th on the vault (8.225), tied for 16th on the floor (8.1), tied for 17th on the beam (7.5) and finished 13th in the all-around at 31.875. Lancaster junior Paige Oyen placed 14th on the floor exercise (8.2). Platteville freshman Hailee Wackershauser finished 17th on the bars (7.225).

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Maddy Albert-Nelson, So., UW–La Crosse women's swimming
Albert-Nelson, a 2020 graduate of Platteville High School, won a pair of individual conference titles and was also on a pair of winning relays to help the UW–La Crosse women’s swimming & diving team captured its 10th straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship last Saturday night. Albert-Nelson won the the 200 butterfly (2:08.79) Saturday becoming the first swimmer from UWL to capture the 200 butterfly since Andrea Kolitsch in 2013. She captured the 100 butterfly on Friday night becoming the first swimmer in the WIAC to win the 100 and 200 butterfly at the same meet since Jessica Lenhart of UW–Whitewater in 2018. Albert-Nelson also finished fifth in the 100 backstroke (58.49) and teamed with Jordy Hahlen, Lauren Steien and Aubrey Lonegran to win the 400 medley relay (3:54.27) Friday night. Albert-Nelson won her first conference title in the women’s 200 medley relay, also with Hahlen, Steien and Lonergan during last Wednesday’s opening day of competition.

Brooklyn Murphy, So., Dodgeville/Mineral Point/Iowa–Grant gymnastics team
Murphy finished second on the uneven bars (8.475), balance beam (8.55) and the floor exercise (9.1), and finished second in the all-around (34.45) to lead the Dodgers to the team title at last Thursday's SWC Championships. Iowa–Grant senior Savannah Vivian (9.075) and fellow senior Ashlie Baumgartner (8.875) finished one–two on the vault for coach Julia Oellerich’s Dodgeville co-op.