Gymnasts begin new year, achieve team goal
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 3:54 AM
When it came to New Year's resolutions, the Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston gymnasts didn't waste any time in achieving their first goal. Hard work and perseverance paid off last Thursday as the Warriors co-op gymnastics team recorded its highest team score of the season so far.
Coach Jackie Johnson reported that the Warriors exceeded their goal of breaking 120 points while hosting Stewartville on Jan. 3. The Tigers earned 126.025 in varsity events while the Warriors scored 122.10 points.
Having sophomore co-captain Kaylee Cavanaugh back on all four events after some pre-season injuries helped the team, Johnson noted.
"(Sierra) Hunter, (Tara) Solberg and Cavanaugh all managed to have over 30 points for all-around scores," Johnson said. "We are getting a few more moves and event qualifications in our routines and that also helps move up the team score."
The Caledonia junior varsity also sent out a full slate of gymnasts, scoring 92.70 points.
"I don't remember when we have had a full JV team, so I am very proud of the work they have done," Johnson said.
"Erin Schultz was our only JV all-around, and she received a first place finish scoring 25.20. Now that we have a full squad and seeing them score 92.70 points, we have a new goal for them also - to hit 100."
Varsity scores included: Hunter at 8.00 on uneven bars (first place), Cavanaugh in a tie for second with Kelsi Matuska of Stewartville (7.75). Skylar Schoh (7.200), Solberg (7.00) and Abby Hoskins (5.850) also competed.
On balance beam, Solberg took second (7.65) behind Matuska. Cavanaugh was third (7.625) while Hunter took fourth (7.525). Emily Hahn earned 6.60 points, and Hoskins took 5.80 points.
Floor routine found Cavanaugh taking third at 8.25 with Hunter close behind in fourth (8.15). Solberg scored 7.40 on the event while Hahn (6.950) and Hoskins (6.250) also earned varsity points.
On vault, Cavanaugh took third (8.50). Solberg (8.25), Hunter (8.20) and Hoskins (8.050) also competed.
Matuska finished with the best all-around score (34.175). Cavanaugh was second with 32.125. Hunter earned 31.400, while Solberg scored 30.300 points. Hoskins finished with a 25.950.
Some JV marks include Schultz scoring 5.30 on bars. Salome Hagelstein took a 5.20 while Hahn earning 5.10.
Beam included a 6.10 by Alyssa Peterson, 5.90 by Schultz and 5.0 from Cayla Schleich.
Floor scores were 5.90 from Schultz, 5.60 from Haley Holty and 5.00 from Kerrigan Scanlan.
On vault Hahn earned 8.20 points while Schultz scored 8.10. Peterson and Schleich tied at 7.30.
Up Next: The Warriors will compete at the Holmen Invitational Tourney on Saturday, Jan. 12. Johnson says they're setting some high goals for that event, hoping to finish in the top three in both varsity and JV.