Gymnasts perform well against Lancers, leap into section
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 4:59 AM
The Caledonia Warriors co-op gymnastics squad hosted La Crescent on Feb. 14. Four days later the varsity traveled to Red Wing for the Section Meet.
S.G. sophomore Emily Hahn on balance beam as she competes as part of the Warriors Co-op Gymnastics team.
Caledonia vs. La Crescent
In the last regular season meet, both varsity and JV gymnasts posted their second highest team scores of the season. The varsity tallied 121.375 points versus the Lancers who scored 133.925. Junior varsity scores were 109.25 for La Crescent, 81.250 for Caledonia.
"The JV has not had a chance to have five competitors on each event all year," Caledonia Coach Jackie Johnson noted. "For them, to score 81.25 points without a full squad is wonderful."
The whole squad has battled injuries all season long, Johnson said. "At the varsity level, we started the season with 117 points and it has been a rollercoaster ride from then on. It took a lot of hard work for the girls to put in new elements and keep their spirits up."
Varsity scores found Kaylee Cavanaugh taking first on uneven bars (8.275). Sierra Hunter was second at 8.25. Team event score on bars totaled 30.575 for Caledonia and 31.075 for La Crescent.
Balance beam found Hunter in third (8.10). The Warrior team score was 26.45 to La Crescent's 33.35.
Varsity floor routine had Hunter in third (8.65), and Tara Solberg notching an 8.3. Team totals were 31.4 for the Warriors and 35.075 for the Lancers.
On vault, Tara Solberg was third at 8.6. Hunter was fifth with an 8.4. Abby Hoskins scored 8.25. Team totals were 32.95 for Caledonia, 34.425 for La Crescent.
In all-around, Hunter tied for third with 33.425 (a season-best). Tara Solberg was sixth at 30.7. Hoskins scored 28.725.
Junior varsity scores found Jenna Dokken in second on bars (5.8). Erin Schultz was fourth (5.4).
On JV beam, the Lancers swept the top five places. Emily Hahn earned fourth on JV floor (7.3). Schultz took fourth on JV vault (7.7). The team was short-handed by only two scores in junior varsity.
Section meet results next week
Complete records from Saturday's section meet at Red Wing were not available as this issue went to press.
Johnson did report that the varsity team made a good showing, scoring in the 121.8 range and finishing eighth out of 19 teams.
None of the Warrior gymnasts will be traveling to the state championships. Look for further details in next week's Herald.
Johnson said her goal at the start of the season was breaking 120 points on a regular basis for a team-combined score.
"These girls deserve a round of applause for coming together and becoming a team that I won't forget," she concluded.