WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Tyra Turner was overcome with emotion as the crowd erupted following her floor routine in the WIAA Division 1 state individual gymnastics competition Saturday afternoon at Wisconsin Rapids High School.
All the Madison United senior had left to do was post a solid score on the vault and she would make it onto the podium for the all-around competition.
She scored a 9.6, which was good enough to tie her for the vaulting title alongside Middleton junior Karina Sabol.
“This feels so good,” Turner said. “Gymnastics has been a part of my life for 14 years now and I can’t think of a better way for it to turn out.”
Turner ended up placing fifth in the all-around with a score of 37.150. That mark was a personal record, to go along with career highs in the uneven bars (9.133) and vault.
Hannah King said Turner made it incredibly easy to be her coach for the past two years for the team made up of East and LaFollette athletes.
“I’m super proud of her, you could just see her becoming more confident each time she went out there,” King said.
Said Turner: Assistant coach Eric Arnold said Turner’s greatest trait is her propensity for making something happen at any given point.
“I’m just blessed to be in this position. Most sports you don’t get a happy ending like this.”
For Sabol, who also tied for third on floor exercise (9.383), the victory in the vault was an unexpected treat.
“It was a really great experience,” Sabol said. “To be honest, I was really surprised with my score on the vault because that isn’t normally one of my better events. I thought the judges had the wrong score for a moment.”
Sun Prairie senior Allayah Lane tied Brookfield East/Central senior Lexi Romero for the title in floor exercise (9.400).
“This is all so surreal, I wasn’t expecting anything of it,” Lane said. “I still don’t feel like this is real.”
Other state champions included Hartland Arrowhead junior Alexis Woida in the all-around (37.767), Waukesha co-op junior Georgia Williams on the balance beam (9.517), and Franklin co-op junior Krystal Nelson on the uneven bars (9.567).
In Division 2, Mount Horeb senior Krista Taylor powered through an ankle injury during her final rotation in floor exercise to claim fourth place in the all-around (35.85).
“I knew the ankle cracked right after the first pass of my routine,” Taylor said. “Being able to pull this off after suffering the injury is a great feeling.”
Taylor likely would’ve finished third in the all-around barring the setback. She earned third in the vault (9.167) and bars (9.017).
“I can’t say enough good things about Krista,” Mount Horeb coach Martha Koller Faust said. “She’s always put others first, ever since she was a freshman. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have girls like her representing our team at this level.”
Koller Faust fought tears when discussing what Taylor and her other three seniors meant to the program.
“All of them accomplished so much, we have four big shoes to fill now,” she said.
Fellow Mount Horeb senior Erin Dahm took fourth place in the balance beam (9.2).
“It’s definitely more fun having teammates out there competing with you and getting to cheer for each other,” Taylor said, noting her teammates were on hand after Mount Horeb finished third in the team competition on Friday. “I’m going to miss this.”
Dodgeville/Mineral Point sophomore Miah Lemanski tied for fifth in floor exercise (9.067).
River Falls senior Samantha Krueger was one event away from completing a clean sweep. She captured the all-around (36.95), floor exercise (9.567), balance beam (9.45) and vault (9.467). Whitefish Bay freshman Addie Gallun won the uneven bars (9.4).