GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Ledge senior Christine Wilson followed up her team’s fifth-straight MHSAA team championship won Friday by claiming her second consecutive individual title Saturday at Kenowa Hills High School.
But this time, she won in Division 1.
Comets coach Duane Haring said earlier this season he believed Wilson, if she accomplished the feat, would be the first in MHSAA history to win both Division 2 and Divisions 1 championships. Wilson claimed Division 2 last season.
She finished off her high school career with a score Saturday of 38.400, including a first-place 9.7 on the uneven parallel bars and third places or better on all four apparatuses.
Troy Athens/Avondale senior Ashley Moskal finished second all-around in Division 1 with a score of 38.375 after finishing third in 2011. She finished first on floor exercise with a 9.8. Kenowa Hills/Grandville senior Taylor Tepper – the Division 1 runner-up the last two seasons – finished third this time with an all-around 38.30. She did win vault with a score of 9.675 and balance beam with a 9.625.
Grand Ledge also claimed the top three places in the Division 2 individual competition, with junior Sara Peltier winning the championship with an all-around 37.275 that tied for sixth-highest in Division 2 Final history.
She was followed by Comets junior Lauren Clark (37.225) and sophomore Presley Allison (36.900).
Clark won the balance beam with a 9.475 and Peltier won the bars with a 9.7. Farmington senior Amanda Lumley improved on her 2010 Division 2 Final record on floor with a 9.625, and Canton sophomore Erica Lucas won the vault with a 9.55 after finishing fourth in 2011.
It marked the third season in the last five that Grand Ledge had the champion in both divisions.
Sophia Wagner ♦ Escanaba
Senior ♦ Gymnastics
In just her team’s second competition this season, Wagner set program records with a 9.8 on floor exercise and 37.380 all-around to finish first in both at the Escanaba Elks Invitational. The floor exercise record topped the previous Escanaba-best 9.7 scored by current senior teammate Sophie Lehto last season.
Escanaba’s gymnastics program has made major statewide strides over the last half-decade, and Wagner reached the Finals podium last season tying for fifth on Division 2 balance beam with a score of 9.025 while also tying for 22nd on vault. The week before, Wagner helped lead Escanaba to a sixth-place Regional finish against a field that included the last two Finals team champions. She also played tennis and was part of the No. 3 doubles runner-up as Escanaba shared the Upper Peninsula Division 1 team title this fall, and she finished second in pole vault and ran on the seventh-place 400-meter relay in the spring as Escanaba finished third at the UPD1 Girls Track & Field Finals.
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