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Paynesville Press - January 14, 2003

Gymnasts edge Morris for second win

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville gymnastics team defeated Morris by two-tenths of a point on Tuesday, Jan. 6, in their first meet following the holidays.

Morris outscored the Bulldogs on three events, but the Dogs used a three-point advantage on the uneven bars to win the nonconference match. On the bars, Paynesville had five of the top seven scores at the meet.

Brittney Spanier on the uneven bars After the vault (which Morris won by 2.5 points) and the uneven bars (which the Dogs won by three points), the Dogs led by a half point. Morris outscored the Dogs by three-tenths of a point on the balance beam and by five-hundreths of a point on the floor exercise, leaving the Dogs with a 108.7-108.5 victory.

Ninth grader Brittney Spanier placed fifth on the bars against Morris. The Dogs had five of the top seven scores and outscored Morris by three points on the bars, winning the match by less than a point

"It was a nice win for us," said coach Deb Nehowig on the team's second win of the year. "We knew going in that it would be a close meet. It came down to execution and amplitude."

With sophomore Kayla Nelson injured, three gymnasts made their varsity debuts this season in Nelson's usual events. Eighth grader Cassey Lund competed on the vault with the varsity for the first time this season, ninth grader Celia Frieler competed on the floor for the first time (in addition to bars and beam), and junior Caitlin Mandigo made her varsity debut on the balance beam. Frieler had her best meet on the floor and beam, according to Nehowig.

Ninth grader Kacy Nehowig placed in the top three on all four events, including first on the bars, and won the all-around competition by less than two-tenths of a point.

Seventh grader Anna Kotten placed in the top five on all four events and placed fourth in the all around.

Also placing were ninth grader Brittney Spanier (fifth on the bars) and Frieler (fourth on the beam).

This week, the gymnastics team (now 2-3) hosted Maple Lake and Howard Lake-Waverly on Tuesday. The gymnasts will host Melrose on Thursday at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds.


Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig (3) 7.9; Anna Kotten (5) 7.45; Brittney Spanier 7.25; Ashley Spanier 7.05; Cassey Lund 6.55; TOTAL: Pay - 29.65; Mor - 32.15;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (1) 8.05; Kotten (4) 6.65; Brittney Spanier (5) 5.55; Abby Lindeman 5.1; Celia Frieler 4.3; TOTAL: Pay - 25.35; Mor - 22.3;

Balance beam: Nehowig (2) 7.0; Frieler (4) 6.35; Kotten (5) 5.85; Christine Spanier 4.4; Caitlin Mandigo 3.85; TOTAL: Pay - 23.6; Mor - 23.9;

Floor: Nehowig (2) 8.45; Kotten (3) 8.0; Ashley Spanier 7.3; Katie Nelson 6.35; Frieler 6.05; TOTAL: Pay - 30.1; Mor - 30.15;

All around: Nehowig (1) 31.4; Kotten (4) 27.95.

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