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Close contest for BEA’s first meet of the season against Luverne

By Staff | Dec 8, 2019

“What an awesome time we had,” says head Blue Earth Area gymnastics coach Rachel Cole. Those words were in regard to the Maroon and Gold’s first meet in Luverne last Thursday.

For their first meet of the season, the BEA gymnasts faced off against the Luverne Cardinals.

The varsity squad brought their best to earn a team total of 118.925, while Luverne pulled ahead with a team total of 127.2.

“The girls did very well, they exceeded my expectations,” says Cole. “We prepared a lot for this first meet and it showed. The girls seemed to overcome their nerves and focus on their routines.”

Cole says the team still has a few things to keep working on, but the Bucs are ready to push forward and start working on some new skills.

In vault, BEA Buccaneers ninth grader Haley Kalis tied for third place with an average score of 8.7. Other BEA varsity vault scores include Maddie Dulac earning a 7.25, Lauren Survis with a 7.55, and Sydney Blagg with a 7.5.

As for varsity bars, BEA’s Addison Armstrong placed third for the event with a score of 6.95, while teammate Kalis placed fourth with a 6.8. Other bar scores for BEA include Dulac earning 5.2 for the meet, Lizzy Uecker earned 6.0, while Tailor Douglas averaged a 6.4.

Armstrong duplicated her success in the beam event placing third for the Bucs with an average of 8.0. Other varsity beam scores include Amarrah Harris with a 6.5 average, Jazmyn Lunz taking in an average of 7.3, Blagg with a 7.75, and Kalis with a 7.25.

As for floor routines, Kalis walked away with third place and an average score of 8.15, while Armstrong was close behind in fourth place with an average of 8.0. Other varsity bar scores include Lauren Survis earning an average 6.775, Uecker averaging 7.175, and Alicia Machacek averaging 7.3 for the meet.

Though the junior varsity team’s score may seem like they did poorly, due to their size Coach Cole says she was very impressed.

“Luverne’s JV team averaged 111.2 while BEA had a 49.25 but we don’t have a full team so it appears that they did not do so great, but they actually did wonderfully,” says Cole.

BEA did not place in JV vault, but Lunz came close with a 7.1.

In JV bars, Lauren Survis brought in second place for BEA with a 5.5 average. Lunz earned a 5.0 average but was unable to place for this meet.

Tailor Douglas placed fourth for BEA in the beam event with a 7.2 average. Other beam scores include Dulac averaging a 6.3, and Survis with a 6.9 average.

As for the JV floor event, the Bucs were unable to place but both Dulac (5.95) and Lunz (5.3) came incredibly close.

The Bucs’ next meet is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10, in St. Peter to take on the Saints. Those statistics will be featured in the upcoming edition of the Faribault County Register.