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Kaylyn Garant captured the all-around to help the Port Washington gymnastics team win its first dual meet of the season on Jan. 26.

Garant posted 32.125 points in the all-around for the Pirates, who downed Shorewood, 116.325 points to 100.525, in the conference dual meet.

"I'm very excited about (the first dual-meet victory)," coach KC Moore said, "but I also know that for once this season, we had all the key pieces to our team while Shorewood was missing some of its team. We will get to see Shorewood again at four of our last six meets. One reason I like competing against (the Greyhounds) is that other than Whitefish Bay, they are the only other Division 2 school in our conference."

Garant won the balance beam with 8.45 points and the uneven parallel bars with 7.675 and tied for first in the vaulting with 8.15. She was second in floor exercise with 7.85.

"Kaylyn finally completed the same (bars) routine she did at state last year and earned her highest score of the season," Moore said. "Carmen Hoag and Caitlin Hassler both had connected bar routines, and McKenzie Rick competed a kip on bars for the first time. The kip is a really important building block on bars."

Hoag was third in the all-around with 28.7 points, taking second on bars (6.8) and third on floor (7.525). Julia Greisch took third on beam (7.15).

Port also competed in the Menomonee Falls Invitational on Jan. 28 without Garant and finished seventh with 114.825 points.

The highest finish was by Greisch with ninth on the beam (7.875).

Hoag was 15th in vaulting (7.75), floor (8.25) and bars (7.3) en route to taking 17th in all-around (30.3).

"It might have been the best I've seen the girls look all season," Moore said. "Carmen was the leader on floor with a routine that has come such a long way. We have counted McKenzie's scores on varsity on at least three events in each of the past three meets. Caitlin had a better day than her scores indicated.

"We have reached the point of the season where it's three or four weeks of perfecting the existing skills."

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