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Gymnasts fall to BSC opponents

But team shows improvement in their second meet of the year

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jan 31, 2021

Haley Kalis appears to fly through the air during her dismount in the beam competition.

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team held their second meet of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 26, when they played host to the New Ulm Eagles.

Although New Ulm won the meet by a score of 130.3 to 124.175, Buccaneers head coach Rachel Cole said there were some positive things to take away from her team’s performance.

“This meet went better than our first one and I was very pleased with our performance on the vault, bars and floor,” Cole commented. “The beam was a problem for us again. However, it was a little better than the previous meet.”

Haley Kalis took first place on the vault with a score of 8.75. Addison Armstrong locked up second place by scoring 8.45. Tailor Douglas finished with 8.35, Adrianna Reddick had 8.05 and Lizzy Uecker scored 7.75.

Armstrong was the only Buc to place on the bars. Her score of 7.6 put her in third place. Other scores were Douglas with 7.325, Kalis with 7.25, Jazmyn Lunz with 6.7 and Lizzy Uecker with 6.35.

Douglas had the top score for BEA on the beam with 7.6

“Tailor had our only ‘stuck’ beam routine for the second meet in a row,” Cole noted.

The other Bucs who competed on the beam were Kalis who had a 7.25, Lauren Survis who scored 6.4, Armstrong with 6.15 and Lunz with 6.1.

Armstrong and Kalis took the top two places in the floor rotation of the competition.

Armstrong tallied an 8.9 for first place followed by Kalis with an 8.7. Uecker had an 8.3 and Survis had a 7.25.

“Floor went really well. We scored 34.3 as a team which is over and above the goal we set of 34,” Cole said. “Now, we just need to work on our consistency.”

Kalis totaled 31.95 points which was good for third place in the all-around standings. Douglas finished with 31.575 and Armstrong had 31.1.

New Ulm outscored BEA 116.45 to 111 in the junior varsity portion of the meet.

The Bucs’ Annika Ihle won the all-around title with 29.25 points and Hadleigh Anderson placed third with 26.15.

Ihle took first place in the bars, third in the beam and tied for third in the vault with teammate Lunz.

Anderson placed third in the bars and second in beam.

The girls were scheduled to host Fairmont on Thursday, Jan. 28, and St. James Area on Monday, Feb. 1. Look for stories on those meets in next week’s Faribault County Register.

St. Peter 125.5,

BEA 122.6

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team had their inaugural meet of the year on Thursday, Jan. 21, when they played host to the St. Peter Saints.

St. Peter came out on top 125.5-122.6 but Bucs’ coach Rachel Cole was happy with her team’s performance.

“It was closer than I expected,” Cole said. “We had a higher score in our first meet this year than we did in our first meet last year so that is definitely a positive.”

Cole mentioned Jazmyn Lunz injured her ankle during practice earlier in the week and was unable to compete in the vault or floor exercises.

“It was our first meet. I was pleased with the number of good clean routines we had,” Cole commented. “That being said, we also had a lot of falls and missed connections everywhere.”

Haley Kalis and Addison Armstrong each scored 8.65 in the vault portion of the competition to tie for first place. Tailor Douglas tallied an 8.15 while Lizzy Uecker and Adrianna Reddic each had 7.85

Douglas led the team on the beam with a score of 8.0 which was good for third place. Kalis scored 6.85, Lauren Survis had 6.2, Armstrong scored 6.15 and Jazmyn Lunz finished with a 5.35.

“Vault went well. We scored 33.3 as a team and my goal for us as a team is to be right around the 34 mark,” Cole shared. “We lost at least 2.5 points on beam due to falls, and then each routine loses even more due to loss of connections or loss of requirements. Tailor had our only stuck beam routine of the night.”

Armstrong’s 7.45 on the bars was good for a second place finish. Lunz had 7.3, Douglas tallied a 6.9, Kalis was next with a 6.8 and Lizzy Uecker scored a 6.65.

The Bucs took the top two spots in the floor routine. Kalis had a 9.1 to capture first place and Armstrong’s score of 8.85 was good for second. Other BEA scores were Douglas with 7.975, Uecker with 7.725 and Survis with 7.325.

“Bars went about how I thought they would go considering the long off-season,” Cole said. “We scored 28.45 as a team and I would like to see us hit 30.”

Cole was pleased with the results of the floor exercise.

“Floor went better than I anticipated. All of the girls had clean routines. We just had a few falls on our tumbling passes, and that was more due to our lack of conditioning at this point,” Cole explained. “We ended up with a 33.65 for a team total on floor and I would expect them to be able to score around 34 by the end of the season, so we are not too far from that goal.”

Hayley Kalis was the only Buc gymnast to place in the all-around scoring. Her score of 31.4 was good for third place.

St. Peter also outscored BEA in the junior varsity meet 94.0 to 87.15, although the Bucs did not have a full team due to a couple of girls being unable to participate.

Maddie Dulac finished second in the all-around with 25.95 points and Hadleigh Anderson took third with 24.65.

Anderson and Adrianna Reddick tied for first-place in the floor routine. Anderson also grabbed first place on the bars. Dulac finished third in the vault and second in the bars, beam and floor portions of the meet.

Lauren Survis had second-place finishes in the vault and bars and Lizzy Uecker tied for second with Dulac on the beam.