Kaylyn Garant will have to go it pretty much alone at this weekend's WIAA Division 2 State Gymnastics Meet at Wisconsin Rapids.
The Port Washington senior qualified for state in the all-around, the balance beam and the uneven parallel bars, but she will be without coach KC Moore, who has another pressing obligation.
Moore is pregnant, with her due date fast approaching, and has been advised by her doctor not to travel this weekend.
"I'm not worried about Kaylyn up at state the way I might be for someone else," Moore said. "She's a high honor roll student, president of the best buddies club and was involved in national honor society, United for Youth, DECA, volleyball and track. She's planning to attend Marquette University in the fall and pursue a career as either a physician's assistant or in something related to anesthesiology."
Garant will be out on the state floor without her coach, her teammates and volunteer coaches Gale Sigler and Dani O'Donnell but will be chaperoned by Port athletic director Thad Gabrielse.
In addition, Whitefish Bay coach Mary Liniewski has offered to help Garant during the meet.
"I'll be sad to miss her last meet," Moore said, "but it's nice to know that Kaylyn will have the last-minute advice of one of the best coaches in the state to guide her."
Garant qualified by placing second on the balance beam (9.325 points, which broke her own school record by 0.15), fifth on the bars (8.05) and fourth in the all-around (33.525) in a sectional meet on Feb. 23.
"The (beam) score was second in the state," Moore said. "If she can repeat that routine, she should have a good chance at placing at state."
Moore was also pleased with the beam efforts of Julia Greisch, Claudia Weyker, Carmen Hoag and McKenzie Rick and the bars showings of Caitlin Hassler and Rick.
She also praised Hassler, Rick, Greisch, Hoag and Weyker for their consistent improvement throughout the season.
"These young kids have so much talent and still have so far to go," the coach said. "If they can limit the fear and keep pushing for harder skills, we will be a very solid team next year."
Also qualifying for state from the area is Grafton/Cedarburg sophomore Mia Ketelhohn, who will compete in the balance beam for Division 1.
Ketelhohn advanced by placing in a tie for third with 8.85 points in a sectional meet at Kaukauna on Feb. 25. Teammates Paige Arnold and Jaidyn Marshall nearly qualified in the beam, with Arnold taking seventh (8.5) and Marshall eighth (8.375).
Ketelhohn also barely missed the top five in the floor exercise and vaulting, taking sixth in floor (8.75) and vaulting (8.875). Also for Grafton/Cedarburg, Shaye Taubner and Caleigh Mentzer tied for eighth on the bars (7.95), and Arnold came in eighth in the all-around (33.525).