Gymnasts take tourney title!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:13 AM
With their highest team score of the season, the Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston Warriors co-op gymnastics squad found success at the Holmen (Wis.) Invitational Tournament last week.
"Assistant coach Dani Sauer and I were pretty excited to travel to Holmen, as we felt the girls had a great chance of winning, and they did just that," coach Jackie Johnson reported.
Caledonia finished at the top of Division 2, defeating teams from Tomah, Southwestern/Cuba City (SWCC), Sauk Prairie, Baraboo and Arcadia.
The Warriors total was 126.075 points. Tomah took second at 113.300 while SWCC was third with 110.525. The other division featured seven teams, which competed later in the day.
"The day started out with us competing on floor first," Johnson said, "and we didn't have the best routines, scoring lower on this event than normal (29.4). But they managed to keep their heads in the meet, and on the next event (vault), they scored 33.3 and made up the points.
"The bars went well for the girls (30.2), and all we had left was the beam. This event has been a struggle all year for the girls; it is hard to nail five routines."
The Warriors stepped up to the challenge with only three falls total on beam. That was good for a team total of 33.175 on the event and clinched the title.
Tara Solberg and Kaylee Cavanaugh both had no-fall performances. Johnson added that Solberg in particular "had the best routine of the season" on balance beam.
"She works so hard on this event, and it was great to see her have a routine with not even a balance check; it just all came together for her. She had her highest score of the year with an 8.925; it was pretty exciting."
A few individual varsity scores: Besides Solberg's 8.925 on beam, Cavanaugh earned 8.725 (good for second overall). Emily Hahn took fourth with 7.90 and Sierra Hunter fifth with 7.625.
Vault found Solberg taking second (8.500), Hunter in third (8.350) and Cavanaugh fifth (8.300).
On floor exercise, Hunter finished in third (8.125); Cavanaugh took fifth (7.625).
Uneven bars was won by Cavanaugh (8.20). Hunter took second with a score of 8.175. Solberg took seventh at 7.20. Skylar Schoh finished 10th (6.625).
All-around gymnast was won by Brandi Bjorge of Arcadia with a 33.075 point total. Cavanaugh took second at 32.850. Hunter was third overall with 32.275 while Solberg took fourth with 31.800. Abby Hoskins earned 27.775 points. There were 17 eligible competitors.
JV takes second
"It is so nice to see the JV improving and seeing all the hard work pay off for them," Johnson said. The team finished at 93.100, just 3.15 points behind the winning squad from Tomah.
Schultz scored 5.75 on floor exercise, while Becca Roble earned 5.700. Hahn took fifth on vault (7.450) while Schultz was seventh (7.350).
Salome Hagelstein got 7.100 on that event and took first on uneven bars (5.800). Schultz and Hahn were second and third on bars, earning 5.30 and 4.9 respectively. Cayla Schleich took 3.600 at the station.
Balance beam found Schleich in second (6.90) and Schultz in third (6.600). Alissa Peterson earned 6.100 on the event.
Schultz won the JV all-around with 25.000. She was the only all-around JV entrant for the Warriors.
"We could not have asked for a better day," Johnson said.
The Warriors will compete twice this week. They traveled to La Crescent on Jan. 15 and then were to move on to Pine Island three days later.