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Senior Kaylyn Garant is back to lead the Port Washington girls gymnastics team after competing in the WIAA state tournament last season.

Garant came in 11th at state in the balance beam and the all-around competition in 2016.

"She was 11th on the beam despite a fall," coach KC Moore said. "She could certainly be a contender there for a medal this year, but because of how common falls are, it's the most difficult event to predict."

Garant opened her season by taking 11th in the vault with 8.2 points and the beam with 8.1 points in the West Bend Invitational on Dec. 3.

She was also 23rd in floor exercise with 7.675 points and 35th on the uneven parallel bars at 4.85 in taking 20th in all-around with 28.825 points for the Pirates, who came in eighth in the meet with 108.5 points.

Junior Carmen Hoag topped the Pirates on bars with 28th place (5.85 points) en route to taking 23rd in the all-around (27.1).

In addition, topping or tying varsity bests were Hoag on floor (26th with 7.475), sophomore Claudia Weyker on beam (32nd with 6.925) and sophomore Julia Greisch on vault (24th with 7.85).

"Most of the girls looked to be in midseason shape with performances at or above their averages from last year across all events," Moore said.

The other gymnasts are senior Katie Sanford, junior Daytona Snook and freshmen Caitlin Hassler and McKenzie Rick.

"It should be an interesting year because Kaylyn is very good, but our team lost the other top three of four scorers from last year," Moore said. "We are coming off a year in which the girls broke the team high-score record and the team beam record.

"The younger girls are accustomed to being in more of a support role, often competing while knowing their score would be unlikely to count. I'm excited to see who steps up knowing that their performance will count for the team score. We have a lot of young talent."

The team next takes on Nicolet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at home for a North Shore Conference dual meet.

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