Tight-knit Group Leading West Salem Co-op Gymnastics
Written by Colten Bartholomew, La Crosse Tribune
Carrie O’Hearn knew that she had a good team before the season started. In her 13 years at the helm of the West Salem co-op gymnastics team, she’s seen a bevy of talented athletes come through the gym doors.
But even she hasn’t seen a team quite like the one she has this season.
“We’ve had a lot of talent, but we’ve never had this much depth,” O’Hearn said. “So many of our girls can fill in all the spots. We have so many who can do well and score for our team.”
West Salem co-op’s ability to score was evident Saturday at the Baraboo Invitational. The team beat nine other teams to win the meet and scored a 132.375 — a high score rarely seen this early in the season and a mark that exceeded the team’s high point total from all of last season.
The squad has strong group of veterans, led by returning All-state performers in Ellie Tschumper, Amanda Whalen, Cherie Lun, Alaina Miller, Cydney Lyga and Maria Lyga. Added to that bunch are a pair of freshmen in Anna Tanke and Anna Gorski that make up the base of the team’s lineup.
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