Injury, meet title highlight crazy first week for new gymnastics coach Remillard
Ducsay wins all-around at Manitowoc gymnastics
To say Saturday was a roller-coaster for new Menomonee Falls/Germantown gymnastics coach Kym Remillard is a bit of an understatement.
The Indians were on their way toward winning the nine-team Manitowoc Invitational when on their last rotation on the uneven bars, senior Katrina Morrison peeled off the high bar and landed very hard with her upper back and neck taking most of the blow.
She was transported to a hospital and fortunately was later released with no major injuries.
"It was very emotional for a time afterward," Remillard said.
But then the Indians got leveled out as senior teammate Julia Ducsay came up immediately after Morrison and closed out the meet and the team title for the locals with a winning 8.95 effort on the bars.
"She had gone up to try and calm Katrina down (in the seconds after Morrison's fall) and then she did a beautiful routine," Remillard said of Ducsay. "It was amazing. The kids had tears in their eyes....Then on the bus ride home we found out that Katrina was going to be OK and that really helped lift our spirits."
It was a heck of a start for the first new gymnastics coach for the Falls/Germantown program in more than 20 years after longtime coach Tracy Howard retired at the end of last season.
Remillard comes to the Falls/Germantown program after six years of coaching in West Bend.
She recognizes the success of the Indians program but is looking to pump some of her own energy into the team.
Remillard, recognizing the limitations of the practice set-up at the Falls' gym, has taken to bringing the team over to Heat Athletics in Sussex for practice once a week to use the two spring floors.
"And that also puts us on the bus for about 20-25 minutes on the way out and on the way back and that gives us a little more of a chance to bond," Remillard said. "That really helps....The girls are very excited. We've been going for a few weeks now and they're enjoying the new routines. We're still working on some new skills and have some additional ones to toss in yet."
Remillard is working with about 22 athletes this winter and other key holdovers include junior Brigid Doyle and senior Samantha Madrzak.
"My philosophy is all about determination and dedication," Remillard said. "If you don't have that, especially in this sport you just won't achieve much."
The Indians, who opened the season on Dec. 12 with a dual meet loss to defending North Shore/Greater Metro Conference champion Homestead, had both qualities in abundance at Manitowoc, as they turned in a 131.925 team score in winning the title with Cedarburg/Grafton taking second with a 129.4 mark.
Ducsay not only won the bars but also claimed the vault (9.275), took third on the balance beam (8.8) and sixth in floor exercise (8.7) en route to claiming the all-around title with a 35.725 score.
Other good efforts for the Indians included the following: vault: Madrzak, sixth (8.575); Morrison, eighth (8.35); beam: Doyle, eighth (8.2); and floor: Doyle, third (8.825).
"It's been a good start for as much as I've seen," Remillard said. "All the girls and coaches get along and the kids seem to be very motivated."
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