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St. Peter tops BEA gymnasts

By Staff | Dec 17, 2017

“No matter how many routines are done during practice, it does not calm those first meet jitters. It is always nice to have the first competition of the season under our belt.”

Those were head coach Rachel Cole’s words of wisdom for the first meet of the season for the Blue Earth Area gymnasts.

The Bucs faced St. Peter last Tuesday evening. The Saints used their home advantage to top BEA 129.575 to 111.650.

Cole says both the junior varsity and varsity teams did well during the vault and floor routines but struggled with bars and beam.

“We had to count a few more falls on both events than anticipated, however I think a lot of it was first meet nerves,” says Cole. “I thought the girls did a great job of performing their routines cleanly, which is what we’ve really been focusing on in practice.”

BEA’s team score improved from last season already and Cole says she thinks it will continue to improve with more repetition in practice.

In vault, Haley Kalis was able to bring a fourth place finish with her routine, earning a score of 8.350. Melissa Hagedorn brought in an 8.325 finish, while Arianna Nagel earned a 7.950 finish.

As for the bars, Nagel was the top scorer for BEA with a score of 6.150, but was unable to place ahead of any Saints gymnast. Hagedorn finished with a score of 5.975, while Adrianna Reddick, in her starring routine, earned a 5.850.

In beam, Buccaneer Sydney Blagg earned a 6.90, the highest score for the home team, but again, was unable to place with the likes of the Saints. Hagedorn followed closely behind her teammate with a score of 6.750. Izzy Walker was the third ranked Buccaneer in beam with a 6.3 score.

Kalis was able to place again during the floor routines. She earned a third place finish with a score of 8.550 while Hagedorn trailed right behind with a 7.975. Reddick brought in a 7.350.

In the All-Around, it was Hagedorn’s consistency throughout the meet that paid off for the senior Buccaneer. She earned a fourth place finish for the meet with an all-around point total of 29.025. Nagel earned a 26.625, and Kalis earned a 26.40.