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WIAA State Gymnastics Championships March 1-2

The 54th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Gymnastics State Championships will take place Friday-Saturday, March 1-2 at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. The team championships in Divisions 1 and 2 will begin at noon. The individual championships will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.  

The 10 teams that will be competing for the team State championship in Division 1, with the number of times the programs have qualified for the team competition in parentheses, are Chippewa Falls/McDonell Catholic (2), Franklin/Muskego  (3),  Grafton/Cedarburg (6), Hartford (7),  Homestead (26), Hudson (9), Janesville Craig (4), Oak Creek/Whitnall (1), Sun Prairie  West/East (2) and Verona/Edgewood (12). The 10 teams competing in Division 2 are Ashland/Drummond/Mellen (3), Dodgeville/Highland/ Iowa-Grant/Mineral Point (1), Elkhorn (10), Medford/Colby (3), Mount Horeb (37), Onalaska/Luther (1), Reedsburg  (8), West Bend West (8), West Salem/Aquinas/Bangor (6) and Whitefish Bay (28). There were 82 teams in the Tournament Series this year, including 41 in Division 1 and 41 in Division 2.

The WIAA has sponsored the State Gymnastics Championships since 1971. The event featured one division from 1971 through 1977. The State Tournament Series competition was divided into two divisions in 1978. In 2020, a change to cooperative team eligibility restricted co-op programs to a maximum of two schools or a combined enrollment of the co-op must be less than the enrollment of the largest stand-alone program in each respective division. Whitefish Bay has won the most team championships with 11, which doesn’t include two titles with Shorewood as a co-op. The Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall co-op is second on the list of team titles won with eight. In addition, the Franklin/Muskego co-op added a team title in 2022. Waukesha West/North/South is next on the list with seven, and Mount Horeb and River Falls are fourth with six. Brookfield Central, De Pere and NIcolet have five titles. Addie Gallun of Whitefish Bay and Beth Weber of Whitefish Bay/Shorewood have won the most individual championships in meet history with 10. Gina Piazza of Fall River is next with eight, and Jenny Donar of Southwestern/Cuba City and Samantha Krueger of River Falls have won seven.