Despite the frigid temperatures and lack of practice time, the Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove gymnastics team pulled out their highest team score of the season at Stewartville Tuesday night. Led by a second place effort in the all-around from Kaylee Cavanaugh, the Warriors tallied 127.68 team points, but unfortunately Stewartville was just a little better with a solid round of 130.38 team points.
Cavanaugh won the uneven bars with a score of 8.15, placed second on the floor exercise and third on the balance beam. Teammate Sierra Hunter turned in the best effort on the vault, placing fourth with an 8.3 and then placed second behind Cavanaugh on the bars with a score of 8.025. Emily Hahn’s score of 8.35 was just 3/10ths of a point off the winning score of 8.65 on the balance beam, which Stewartville’s Kelsi Matuska won with an 8.65. Hunter also placed fourth on the floor exercise and also placed fourth in the all-around. Coach Jackie Johnson said, “It was a cold trip, not only weather wise, but the girls have not been able to practice since Jan. 25 and they were feeling a bit cold themselves due to this.”
Johnson said before the match she was a little concerned with some of the routines, but, “I talked with the girls and gave them the choice if they wanted to water down any of the events they were on. The varsity girls did a wonderful job on keeping focused; put all their tricks in and managed to pull off the highest team total of the season. We really nailed four great beam routines that always help bring up a team score. Abby Hoskins, who has been on working a new dismount on bars the past few meets has been struggling to land it, and to our amazement she stood it right up last night once in warm ups and when it counts the most in the meet. It was great to see the smile on her face.”
Johnson also credited the efforts of a short-handed junior varsity squad. “The JV team competed short on vault and bars, and it brought our team score down, but we also had girls make some rolls and full turns on the beam who previously had been struggling with them. So I guess it was smiles all around. We had a great meet and was pretty impressed to preform like we did without practice for awhile.”
The Warriors hosted their last home meet Tuesday with a non-conference match with Holmen, which also marked Parent’s Night. “They are a strong team and always fun to watch, and it also gives the girls new moves to look at and put them on their goal list for next season,” Johnson said.
– Brady Ambrose