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Gymnasts finish sixth at Sections

Buccaneers conclude their season as a much-improved team

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Mar 28, 2021

Adrianna Reddick performs on the vault earlier this season.

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team wrapped up their season on March 19 in the Section 2A competition held in New Prague.

“We did not have our greatest showing at Sections, but a lot of good things happened,” BEA head coach Rachel Cole commented. “We had one of our highest team totals on bars and we were able to finish off our season with everyone injury and illness free, which is a big accomplishment this year.”

The Bucs were the sixth seed and that is where they finished. Mankato West finished in first place with a score of 143.725. New Ulm was second with 134.625, Mankato East third with 132.65, St. Peter fourth with 131.25, Glencoe-Silver Lake was fifth with 126.9 and Blue Earth was sixth with 124.9. Waseca, Faribault and St. James finished behind the Bucs.

“We had a shaky meet on the beam, counting six falls and only scoring a 28.85 as a team,” Cole said. “It was our first event of the day and I am not sure everyone was mentally ready to go when it was our time.”

Addison Armstrong was the top performer on the beam for BEA with a score of 7.6. Annika Ihle finished with a 7.475, Haley Kalis had 7.025, Tailor Douglas had a 6.75 and Jazmyn Lunz had a 6.075.

“Floor did not go as well as we had wished either, but we had three solid routines out of the five and ended up with a score of 32 as a team,” Cole commented. “It was a couple of points lower than what we had hoped to see.”

Armstrong led the team in floor with an 8.225, Kalis was next with an 8.075, Lizzy Uecker had a 7.95, Ihle finished with a 7.75 and Douglas scored a 6.9.

“We hit just under 34 on vault with a 33.75 and we finished strong on bars with a 30.3,” Cole said. “We had a couple of personal bests and all five bar routines were very well executed.”

Kalis had the top score for the Bucs in vault with an 8.65 followed by Armstrong with an 8.5. Ihle had the third-best score for the Bucs with an 8.35, Douglas was next with an 8.25 and Adrianna Reddick had an 8.1.

Armstrong and Douglas each had a score of 7.725 to lead BEA on the bars. Ihle was next with 7.475, Kalis had a 7.375 and Lunz finished with a 7.225.

BEA’s top performer in the all around was Armstrong with 32.05 followed by Kalis with 31.125, Ihle with 31.05 and Douglas with 29.625.