By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia Argus
The Caledonia/Houston/Mabel/Spring Grove gymnastics team had four gymnasts break the 30 point barrier in the all-around and picked up a big non-conference win over West Salem Thursday night at CHS.
Led by Sierra Hunter, the Warriors rolled to a 126.650-120.00 win over the Panthers. Hunter won the floor exercise with a score of 8.425 and placed second on the bars with a mark of 7.775. Hunter also placed second on the balance beam and added a fourth place effort on the vault to take the all-around title.
Kaylee Cavanaugh scored a 31.8, placing second in the all-around. Cavanaugh won the bars with an 8.075 and placed second on the floor exercise with a score of 8.325. Cavanaugh added a fourth-place effort in the balance beam and also finished sixth on the vault.
“Things seem to have finally come together for the varsity team,” coach Jackie Johnson said. “After only scoring 121.825 against Byron on Tuesday night, it was back to the rule book to find out what we are missing in our floor routines. Gymnastics requirements have changed, and it always takes a few meets and talking with the judges after meets to figure out what we need to add to floor routines to get our scores up where we want them.”
West Salem’s Amanda Whalen placed third in the all-around, and Tara Solberg and Abby Hoskins rounded out the top five with Solberg placing fourth and Hoskins fifth overall. Solberg won the vault with a score of 8.475, just edging Hoskins who placed second at 8.450.
The Warriors improving their team score by nearly five full points in a day was impressive, Johnson said, after the team scored only 121.825 in a loss to Byron Tuesday night. “Improving to a 126.65 in a day is a big deal, and we really had to put our heads together in just a day and change up a few things. The girls did a great job remembering as well as performing. Having four varsity all-arounds scoring over 30 points each helps raise the team score also. I believe Abby Hoskins for the first time ever hit 30 for all-around and scored a 30.45. The JV is also staying strong earning another win. I feel we can only improve from here.”
Up next for the team will be a home meet against La Crescent, but not until Jan. 14. On Jan. 16 the team will host Pine Island.