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Gymnasts place eighth at sections

By Staff | Feb 16, 2020

Addison Armstrong shows her form during the floor competition at a recent meet held in Blue Earth. The gymnastics team wrapped up their season by competing in the Section Meet held in Glencoe last Thursday.

With sections complete, that wraps up the regular season for Blue Earth Area gymnastics. At the sections meet, it was Mankato West who took first place with a 145.225 team total, with Mankato East placing second with 138.575. New Ulm placed third for Sections with 136.575 points, and St. Peter came in fourth with 132.3 points while fifth place went to Faribault with 127.75 points tallied. Blue Earth Area ranked eighth at the meet with a team total of 121.55.

“We had a fairly decent night overall,” says head coach Rachel Cole. “Haley Kalis was out with a knee injury which is why our team score went down a bit. However, this gave some of the other girls a chance to compete varsity.”

The coach says Lizzy Uecker (7.75) competed on varsity vault with a new vault routine, as did Alicia Machacek (7.8). Other vault scores include Tailor Douglas who tallied an 8.325, Addison Armstrong with an 8.475, and Sydney Blagg with a 7.65.

“Sydney is our lone senior and she competed in her last meet this evening as a Buccaneer gymnast,” shared Cole. “She competed in vault and beam for us and did well on both. She loves doing beam and I would say it was pretty darn good for her last performance. She has been such a great leader to her much younger teammates and we will definitely miss her in the gym next year.”

On the uneven parallel bars, scores were down just a touch with Lauren Survis scoring a 6.175, Jazmyn Lunz with a 6.5, Armstrong tallying 6.8, Douglas a 7.05 and Uecker with a 5.825. The team’s coach says the girls had a few extra stops here and there at the Sections meet that the team could have done without.

However, the Bucs had their best night on beam. Cole says she counted only two falls overall.

“Lauren Survis (6.55) had a chance to compete beam and she threw in two new tricks she learned last week,” adds the coach. Other beam scores include Douglas at 7.375, Blagg at 7.85, Armstrong at 7.9, and Lunz, who also added a new skill and stuck her routine, earned a personal best of 8.025.

On the floor Machacek earned a 7.35 for the team, while Uecker tallied an 8.05. Armstrong also earned an 8.05 while teammate Douglas scored an 8.075 average. Maddie Dulac also earned a 7.2 on her floor routine.

“Our floor scores were a little below average as well,” says Cole. “Maddie was able to step up and compete in varsity floor for us tonight. Things did not go exactly as we planned but there was nothing to be disappointed with.”

In the All-Around, Armstrong tallied a 31.225 for the last meet of the season while Douglas encompassed a 30.825 score.