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River Valley ends Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster reign
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Freshman Grace Hammermeister tied for third on the balance beam and finished sixth in the all-around at Fridays SWC Championship meet.

     SPRING GREEN — River Valley continued its year-long domination of the Southwestern Wisconsin Conference Friday at the SWC Gymnastics Championships.
     The Blackhawks posted a 133.0 team scored to hold of the Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster tri-op and end P/B/L’s four-year run as SWC champion.
     The Hillmen finished second out of five teams with a score of 129.175.
     “As a team we place where I had expected,” said Hillmen head coach Jessica Hill. “River Valley had a talented team this year. Throughout the year we have continually improved and gotten closer to their team score. We are a young team and will continue to develop. The team has not only learned new skills but also learned success doesn’t come without hard work. The progress shows our potential to score higher this year and in years to come.”
     Platteville freshman Grace Hammermeister finished sixth in the all-around with a number of solid performances. She tied for second place on the vault with senior teammate Danielle Jentz (8.70). Hammermeister also placed third on the floor (8.875), tied for third on the balance beam (8.250).
     Sophomore Jenna Phillips, who had to pull out of the vault, placed third on the uneven bars (7.875).
     Lancaster sophomore Alyssa Bainbrdige was sixth on the vault (8.50) and finished ninth in the all-around (31.40).
     The Hillmen will return to action Thursday at the WIAA D2 Mount Horeb Sectional.

SWC Championships
(from Friday, Feb. 20 @ Spring Green)
Team Scores — 1.River Valley 133.0, 2.Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster 129.175, 3.Southwestern/Cuba City 126.85, 4.Dodgeville/Mineral Point 118.10, 5.Prairie du Chien/Richland Center 52.10.
top finishers
All-around — 6.Grace Hammermeiter 32.025, 9.Alyssa Bainbridge 31.40.
Vault — 2(tie).Danielle Jentz 8.70, 2(tie).Hammermeister 8.70, 6.Bainbridge 8.50, 11.Marino 8.20, 16.Maddie Rand  7.90. Uneven Bars — 3.Phillips 7.875, 5.Marino 7.60, 12(tie).Bainbridge 7.050, 14.Jentz 6.65, 15.Hammermeister 6.20. Balance Beam — 3(tie).Hammermeister 8.250, 8.Regan Geigle 7.950, 12.Bainbridge 7.750, 15.Lauren Tucker 7.70. Floor Exercise — 3.Hammermeister 8.875, 8.Jentz 8.40, 10.Bainbridge 8.10, 13.Phillips 7.875, 18.Elissa Bahr 7.10