WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The second time around was far less pressure for Michaela Bach.
The Hillsboro sophomore looked confident and comfortable at Friday night’ at the WIAA Division 2 Individual State Gymnastics Championships in this her second straight season competing at state.
Bach turned in excellent routines on the beam and floor, and posted solid scores on the vault and uneven bars to place 14th in the D2 all-around competition with a total four-ecent score of 34.017.
“You could tell by Micheala’s performance that she had been at state before and performed her routines with confidence and poise,” said Viroqua co-op head coach Darcy McClelland. “Micheala took a big step up from last years performance. We are very proud of her.”
Bach began her state competition with two solid vaults (8.467) and a solid bar routine (8.117), which gave her an 11th place finish in the event.
Bach then posted a no-fall score of 8.833 on the beam, one of her highest scores of he season.
It would have been good for a ninth place finish in the event, but she did not qualify for state on the beam.
Bach wrapped up her all-around performance with an 8.6000 routine on the floor.
This year Bach was joined at state by teammate Jozi McClelland, a freshman from Viroqua.
McClelland, who qualified for state in all four individual events as well as the all-around, struggled early on, but rallied to finished 16th in the all-around (33.617) and earned a fifth-place medal on the floor exercise with a score of 9.200.
McClelland tied for 14th in the vault (8.800), placed 18th on the beam (8.833) and tied for 19th on the uneven bars (8.117).
“The girls and I were very sad that our season is completely over, but are looking forward to putting in extra time this summer to build on our team for next season,” said coach McClelland.