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Gymnasts win one and lose one

Team downs Waseca to sweep season series, but lose to New Ulm

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 28, 2021

Addison Armstrong flies through the air during her vault routine at a gymnastics meet held earlier this season.

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team traveled to Waseca on Tuesday, Feb. 23, and came home with a victory, winning the meet by a slim 126.35-126.1 margin.

“It was not our best team score,” BEA mentor Rachel Cole said. “It was a close one but it was still a win. It felt good to beat them again.”

The Bucs’ coach said there were some positives to take away from the meet.

“We had our highest team score on vault,” Cole commented. “We also exceeded our win total from last year.”

Three BEA gymnasts tied for first place on vault. Tailor Douglas, Addison Armstrong and Adrianna Reddick each scored an 8.8 to claim the top spot. Annika Ihle took third place with an 8.7 and Haley Kalis had an 8.5.

The only Buc to place on the bars was Douglas with a 7.15, which put her in third place. Ihle had a score of 7.125, Armstrong had 6.925, Kalis had 6.575 and Jazmyn Lunz tallied a score of 6.45.

“Bars were a little shaky for us again but we did have a couple of girls with clean routines,” Cole noted.

Armstrong’s score of 8.0 was good for third place on the beam. Kalis had a 7.7, Douglas a 7.15, Lauren Survis a 7.05 and Lunz had a 5.4

Armstrong had a score of 9.5 on her floor routine to take first place. Kalis claimed third place with an 8.35. Douglas finished with an 8.225, Lizzy Uecker had a 7.95 and Ihle scored a 6.75.

The Bucs placed one gymnast in the all-around. Armstrong’s score of 32.775 put her in second place.

The BEA junior varsity did not have a complete team but several girls performed quite well.

Lauren Survis placed first on bars and second on vault. Lizzy Uecker placed second in both bars and beam. Adrianna Reddick took third in bars. Annika Ihle finished first on beam and Jazmyn Lunz finished first on floor.

New Ulm 134.75,

BEA 121.875

It was a tough night for the Blue Earth Area gymnastics team when they traveled to New Ulm to take on the Eagles on Friday, Feb. 19.

“We have had a couple of injuries this past week and so we have been moving some of the JV girls up to varsity to compete,” BEA head coach Rachel Cole commented. “We just were off on our floor and it hurt our score.”

Addison Armstrong was the only Buc to place on the vault. Her score of 8.75 was good for second place. Adrianna Reddick had an 8.65, Tailor Douglas an 8.5, Annika Ihle an 8.2 and Haley Kalis an 8.15.

Armstrong was also the top finisher on the bars for the Bucs. Her score of 7.85 was good for third place. Kalis had a score of 7.4 and Douglas tallied a 7.05. Jazmyn Lunz and Annika Ihle each had 5.8.

Armstrong continued her strong showing with a second place finish on the beam. She scored an 8.35. Lauren Survis had a 7.4, Lunz tallied a 6.8, Douglas scored a 6.7 and Kalis had 6.275.

No BEA gymnast placed on floor. Armstrong had the top score for the Bucs with an 8.425, Kalis had a 7.45, Douglas a 7.35, Ihle a 7.2 and Lunz a 6.6.

Armstrong took second place in the all-around with a score of 33.375.

The junior varsity meet score had New Ulm on top of BEA 122.95-102.95.

BEA gymnasts who placed in individual routines were Lunz with a second place finish on the bars and Ihle with a third place finish on the beam.

Maddie Dulac took second place in the all-around and Hadleigh Anderson was third.