Gymnasts twice stay above 100

By : 
Lee Epps

The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston gymnasts hosted Byron on Dec. 18, two days before competing at Kasson-Mantorville/Triton.

"Even when we don't walk away with the win, these girls work hard every day in the gym, and all of the coaches involved are very proud of how well the girls are doing this season," said coach Jackie Johnson. 

Byron 125.975

C/SG/H 100.125

" Overall the varsity girls managed to keep the team score over 100 points with 100.125, and the JV team is right behind them coming in with a team total of 82 points," said Johnson.

The Warriors had their best score (31.3) and were closest to the Bears on vault. The other C/SG/H team scores were floor (25.925, balance beam (23.475) and uneven parallel bars (19.425).

Brianna Johnson had the best individual score with an 8.2 while placing fifth on vault. Braelyn Lange placed fourth and Kylie Staggemeyer sixth on beam.

In all-around competition, Lange was fourth (27.3) and Johnson fifth (24.78).

"We had a hard time staying on the beam both varsity and JV, said Johnson, who viewed improvement there as the keys to attaining at team score of 105. The girls did surpass 105 two nights later.

K-M/T 126.025

C/SG/H 105.325

"The varsity and JV both had great meets with improvement on beam and floor event totals," said Johnson. 

"It was a test for sure with competing last Friday night and having Tuesday and Thursday meets this week - not a lot of time in between meets to practice. We are definitely looking forward to the holiday break and resting up."

The Warriors again were strongest on vault (31.625), followed by beam (27.625), floor (26.625) and bars (19.45).

The highest individual finish was Staggemeyer fifth on bars and Lange fifth on floor.

In all-around, Lange finished fourth at 28.375 with Johnson fifth at 26.125.

This week and next

The girls will be working over the holiday break before hosting Stewartville on Jan. 8

"Gymnastics is a sport where you literally practice for hours and hours to get a skill right and compete only seconds (when vaulting) and the most 1:30 seconds when doing a floor routine," added Johnson. 

"We need to focus on the skills we can do and do them right to improve on our over all team score. I can see us working more difficulty in our routines over the holiday break and finish the season with much higher team scores."