By David Paulsen

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Incorporating a number of new skills into their routines, the Waterford High School gymnastics team earned its first dual win of the season in a victory over Whitewater Jan. 19 at home.

The WHS girls scored a season high 125.125 points, nearly five points above their previous best score. Whitewater tallied 95.450 points. The win improves the Wolverines conference record to 1-1.

“I was very happy,” head coach Carrie Buelow said. “We were really excited.”

Buelow indicated the girls were surprised at how much they had improved their scores.

Since the team’s last competition 12 days before, the girls had added some harder skills to their routines. It paid off with the improved team score.

“As a team, everyone had a solid day,” Buelow said, adding that the girls were very focused and consistent.

Sophomore Grace Kubiak won all the events, which also led to an all-around victory for Kubiak.

Kubiak scored a 9.450 in the floor exercise. She added a 9.375 in the vault, a 9.200 in the beam and an 8.850 in the bars. Her all-around score was 36.875, her best this season.

Ambria Noll placed second in the floor with an 8.475, giving the Wolverines a 1-2 finish in that event.