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Naperville N.'s Robert, Prospect's Larock lead the way

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Prospect's Maddie Larock, rights, gets a hug from teammate Maddie Boldt after Maddie performed on the uneven parallel bars at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

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Prospect's Jackie Difonzo on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Prospect's Megan Schmit on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Samantha Reed, a senior at Palatine High School, hangs a poster at the school's invitational on Saturday to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a benefit for Olivia Schrader, the 6-year-old daughter of Buffalo Grove coach and former Palatine gymnast Stephanie Schrader, who has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. All the funds raised will be in her honor. Olivia was not at the meet but planned to arrive in time to hand out the awards at the end of the meet.

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Prospect's Maddie Larock on the uneven parallel bars at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

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Naperville North's Anneli Kawaoka on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

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Palatine's Kara Ure on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

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Naperville North's Michaela Robert on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.

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Naperville North junior Michaela Robert has made quite a splash to begin the season for the Huskies. And there was no slowing down for Robert on Saturday at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational. She was solid from start to finish in securing the all-around title with 37.725 score, holding off a strong challenge from Prospect junior Maddie Larock (37.075). Larock was neck and neck with Robert for the first three rotations before slipping on her final pass on floor. But the Knights junior has also risen to the occasion this season. She helped drive Prospect to its second consecutive Palatine Invite team title with 143.10 points as the Knights easily outdistanced Glenbrook South (138.45).
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    • Prospectís Maddie Larock, rights, gets a hug from teammate Maddie Boldt after Maddie performed on the uneven parallel bars at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
    • Prospectís Jackie Difonzo on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
    • Prospectís Megan Schmit on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
    • Samantha Reed, a senior at Palatine High School, hangs a poster at the schoolís invitational on Saturday to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a benefit for Olivia Schrader, the 6-year-old daughter of Buffalo Grove coach and former Palatine gymnast Stephanie Schrader, who has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. All the funds raised will be in her honor. Olivia was not at the meet but planned to arrive in time to hand out the awards at the end of the meet.
    • Prospectís Maddie Larock on the uneven parallel bars at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
    • Naperville Northís Anneli Kawaoka on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
    • Palatineís Kara Ure on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
    • Naperville Northís Michaela Robert on the vault at the 25th annual Palatine Invitational on Saturday.
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