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BEA downs St. James in gymnastics

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

Addison Armstrong takes her turn on the bars at a recent gymnastics meet in Blue Earth. The BEA gymnasts downed St. James on Jan. 21, 124.9-110.625. BEA swept the top three spots in the all-around. Haley Kalis finished first, Armstrong took second, and Tailor Douglas took third place honors.

Chalk up another win for the Buccaneers. The Bucs earned a team total of 124.9 points for the meet that took place Tuesday, Jan. 21, while St. James only tallied 110.625 points from their varsity squad.

“Overall it was not the best meet for us, which seems to be how things go whenever we travel over to St. James. However, we added a lot of new things to our routines,” says Blue Earth Area gymnastics head coach Rachel Cole. “Almost every routine we did had a new jump or skill in it.”

Testing the waters of new skills is one of the gymnastics’ teams goals for this season and since they’ve already cleared their goal of meeting a score of 125, it only makes sense these young gymnasts are testing the waters of their new skills.

“We scored about three points below what we have been scoring on bars the last couple of meets,” says Cole. “Floor went well for us and even though beam did not seem to go as well as our last meet, we were still able to score over 30 points as a team. It’s exciting to be able to score almost a 125 with a not-our-best performance.”

In the vault event, Haley Kalis from BEA placed first with an average of 8.7 while her teammate Addison Armstrong was behind in second with an 8.45. Tailor Douglas earned fifth with an average of 8.15. Sydney Blagg (7.95) and Jazmyn Lunz (7.75) did not place, but still gave beneficial averages to the team’s total.

As for varsity bars, Armstrong and Kalis traded off, with Armstrong earning first with a 7.45 average and Kalis placing second with a 7.1 average. Buccaneer Aluren Survis placed fourth with a 6.65, while Lunz earned fifth with a 6.55 for the home team. Douglas?(6.35) just barely missed placing in the top five for the uneven bars.

Blue Earth Area nearly swept the beam event completely with Kalis placing first with an 8.55 average, Armstrong in second with a 7.95 average score, Douglas in fourth with a 7.2, and Blagg holding up fifth place with a 6.75 average. Lunz almost placed with a 6.0 score for the beam event.

The Maroon and Gold gymnasts also dominated their floor routines with Kalis in first (8.7), Armstrong placing second (8.475), Douglas in third (8.225), and Lizzy Uecker placing fourth with an average of 8.075. Lunz was so close to placing fifth with a 7.375 average score but was nudged out by St. James’ Anna Bogle who earned a 7.4.

As for varsity’s All-Around, Kalis and Armstrong again placed first and second with Kalis totaling 33.05 points, and Armstrong, 32.3 points. Douglas followed up for third with a 29.925 point total for the Bucs, with fourth and fifth place going to St. James. Lunz was again just shy of making the top five for the meet, but her tallied 27.675 helped the Bucs tremendously.

In junior varsity events, Alicia Machacek (7.95) placed first in vault, while teammates Lizzy Uecker (7.65) and Maddie Dulac (7.6) placed fourth and fifth. Other Bucs adding to the point pool in JV vault were Adrianna Reddick (7.6) and Lauren Survis (7.5).

JV?bars went well for BEA, too. Reddick placed first with 6.8, Uecker placed second and Dulac placed third.

On the beam, JV Buccaneers Amarrah Harris and Lauren Survis tied for first with an average score of 6.7, while teammate Reddick placed third with a 5.7. Dulac placed fourth with a 5.5 while Uecker took fifth for a 5.5 as well.

The floor event was another plus for BEA JV with Survis in first with a 7.4, Dulac in second with a 7.1 and Machacek in third with a 6.7.

Maddie Dulac was the sole JV gymnast to compete in the All-Around event from BEA team and she took first with a total tally of 25.65.