By Craig Marx, Editor
After speaking with gymnastics coach Julie Langseth last week, the spirit around the program seems rife as numbers are up significantly.
“We have 17 girls out this year which is a larger squad than usual. In 2015, we only had 12. It’s nice to have this many out,” Langseth said.
The added numbers will help bolster an Antigo gymnastics squad that regularly goes up against the likes of much-higher enrollment schools such as Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids.
“It is pretty competitive for a school of our size to go against these other schools,” Langseth noted, adding an interesting historical fact about the program. “We have one of the oldest women’s gymnastics programs in the WIAA. We’ve been around for 25 years at AHS.”
Langseth went on to describe the more modern program as it enters the 2016-17 winter season.
“We lost three strong seniors this past year, but I really expect Alivia Weix, Emma Jansen and Caidyn Roth to do well this season. Presley Nicholson is also back this year after she missing her sophomore year [of gymnastics],” Langseth added.
Antigo begins the month of December with three road invitational meets. The girls do not compete at home until a head-to-head showdown at AHS against Wisconsin Rapids on January 12. Antigo also plays host to the sectional meet this year, scheduled for Feb. 23.
“I think we’re off to a good start this year,” Langseth said. “I feel we’re further ahead than usual as a team.”
2016 AHS Gymnastics Schedule
Saturday, December 3 – Wisconsin Rapids Invitational – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 10 – Rhinelander Invitational – 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 17 – Tomah Invitational – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 20 – at Ashland – 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, January 12 – vs. Wisconsin Rapids – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, January 17 – at Rhinelander – 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, January 21 – Rice Lake Invitational – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 28 – Antigo Invitational – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 7 – at Marshfield – 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 – Whitefish Bay Invitational – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 16 – vs. Stevens Point – 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 – Conference Meet at Mosinee – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 23 – Sectionals at Antigo – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 – State Tournement in Wisconsin Rapids