Jane Walker

Oak Park and River Forest High School junior Jane Walker is used to performing. Besides being a long-time gymnast, Walker also has played the violin for 12 years and also picked up the guitar two years ago.

“We all got bored in COVID,” said Walker about adding guitar. “Doing gymnastics [is different] because you’re not exhausted. You’re not scared all of the time. With private lessons [for violin], the goal is to make you cry.”

Walker was elated with one of her biggest gymnastics moments for the Huskies on Jan. 4. She scored a high school-best 9.25 on vault at Glenbard West to share first place on the event. 

The Huskies (131.05 points) were defeated by the Hilltoppers (143.60), who finished fourth at state in 2022. With OPRF still on winter break, they were missing two regulars from their lineup. 

They used four all-arounders – Walker and senior Maya Lim (33.20 each) and senior Caroline Raducha (32.15) and junior Gabby Morales. Junior Eleanor Wolski, a key contributor on vault and floor, made her season debut but only on uneven parallel bars and balance beam as she returns from an ankle injury. Freshman Teagan Lucas was promoted from the junior varsity to compete the other two events.

“[Glenbard West] is a pretty hard competitor so our goal today was just to get a good score to put us in a higher sectional group,” Walker said. “We didn’t do exactly what we wanted but we still did OK. We’re all happy right now.” 

This was the Huskies’ fifth meet and the first since Dec. 14. It was the third for Walker because she missed the first two Saturday invites with her other obligations.

No problem. On vault, Walker landed her tuck Tsukahara to improve upon her 8.75 the last dual meet.

“I landed it really well this time, so I was very happy about that,” Walker said.

Raducha also excelled with her tuck Tsuk to earn a fifth-place 9.0.

“One of my goals was to stick my vault and to get a 9 so I’ve done both of those this season,” said Raducha, who scored an 8.95 Dec. 14. “I’m just happy with how the team did considering the circumstances.” 

Lim was fourth on uneven bars (8.4) and tied for fifth on floor (8.6). Morales and Lucas scored a team-best 7.6 on beam to share sixth.

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