Gymnasts crack 120 barrier
Despite losing to Stewartville Jan. 3, the Caledonia gymnastics team attained another goal when the team broke the 120 point barrier with 122.10 points.
The Warriors lost 126.025-122.10, but coach Jackie Johnson continues to see improvement from her team. “We managed to bring up our team varsity score to 122.10. Having set a goal of 120 points, I am very pleased with the girls’ performance. We had a few falls and bobbles, but that comes with the sport of gymnastics,” Johnson said.
Kaylee Cavanaugh placed second in the all-around for the Warriors, placing second on the bars, third on the beam, third on the floor exercise and third on the vault to tally 32.125 total points. Cavanaugh, Sierra Hunter and Tara Solberg all cracked the 30 point mark in the all-around, while Stewartville’s Kelsi Matuska won the all-around with a score of 34.175.
Cavanaugh took part in all four events and helped boost the team score, Johnson said. “We are getting a few more moves and event qualifications in our routines, and that also helps move up the team score.” Hunter placed first on the uneven bars with an 8.0 and was fourth on the balance beam (7.525) fourth in the floor exercise (8.15). Solberg was second on the balance beam (7.65) and fifth on the vault (8.25).
The Warrior junior varsity team also performed well. “They had a great meet. We managed to fill up all the events, and they put a lot of hard work in at practices to accomplish this,” Johnson said. “I don’t remember when we have had a full JV team, so I am very proud of the work they have done. Erin Schultz was our only JV all around, and she received a first place finish scoring 25.20. Now that we have a full squad and seeing them score 92.70 points, we have a new goal for them also to hit 100.”
Up next for the team will be a trip to the Holmen Invitational Jan. 12. Johnson said, “I am feeling good about the Holmen Tournament and hoping to be in the top three spots for both varsity and JV, at least that is the goal I will be setting for the girls when we travel to Holmen.”
– Brady Ambrose