Gymnasts come close, but lose
The Blue Earth Area gymnasts were hard at competition again last Thursday against the St. Peter Saints. The female gymnasts hosted the Saints at their Winnebago gym location and put up fierce competition. Though the Saints took the “W” for the night with a score of 126.35, the Bucs earned a solid 119.4 points as a team.
In the vault competition, first place went to St. Peter’s Claudia Giedd, who earned 8.95 points. BEA’s Melissa Hagedorn placed second in vault with a solid score of 8.65, while St. Peter’s Teagan Weiss placed third for the event.
It was Weiss who then took the lead for first in the beam competition with a score of 8.175, but Buccaneer Haley Kalis earned second place for the team with a 7.75 score. St. Peter’s Giedd placed third in the beam competition.
As for the uneven parallel bars, BEA took a loss and was unable to place in the top three even though their team total was just five points shy of St. Peter’s 30.225 team total.
However, the Bucs more than made up for it in their floor routines. Though St. Peter’s Weiss placed first with an average score of 8.75, Kalis and Hagedorn brought in some heat earning second and third place, respectively, with averages of 8.65 and 8.3 in the category.
In the All-Around, Hagedorn placed third for BEA with a total score of 31.3 points, while first place went to St. Peter’s Weiss, and second place went to visiting team member Giedd.
The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team also competed in the Section tournament on Thursday, Feb. 15. However, the Faribault County Register was unable to get statistics before its deadline and those scores will be featured in the next edition.