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Isabella Doege, Grace Lenz

Waupun's Isabella Doege (right) and Grace Lenz stand on the top two spots on the podium during the awards for the all-around competition at the Madison East Purgolder Invite on Saturday.

Rested and ready to go, Waupun’s prep gymnastics team kicked off the 2019 portion of the schedule in fine fashion on Saturday morning at the Madison East Purgolder Invite.

The Warriors put up their best score of the year to take second in the gold division (129.475) behind Madison Memorial (132.05) and fourth overall behind Waunakee/DeForest (133.375), Memorial and Verona/Madison Edgewood (130.025).

The effort turned in by the Warriors left co-coaches Jane Neevel and Emily Engelhardt pleased.

“Jane and I are very happy with the girls’ progress today,” Engelhardt said. “Their energy and confidence was good, and we know they haven’t peaked yet. We still gave up about five points on beam and have a few new skills we’ll be completing soon, but considering where we were a month ago, we’re very proud of them.

“Today was a fun day and we’re heading in the right direction.”

Waupun was led by senior Isabella Doege and junior Grace Lenz, who finished first and second in the all-around competition. Doege posted a 34.25, while Lenz amassed a personal-record 33.1. Teammate Eryn Hautamaki was seventh in the all-around with a score of 31.75.

Other PRs were set by Lenz in the balance beam (tied for first with an 8.5) and floor exercise (second with an 8.975), and Sara Miller (7.375) and Emily Rens (6.25) in the uneven bars.

Hautamaki won the gold division vault with an 8.65 while Lenz was fourth (8.55). Doege took first in the bars (8.55), tied for third in the floor (8.9) and was fourth in the beam (8.4).

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