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Paynesville Press - February 1, 2006

Gymnasts reach another season high in win

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs gymnastics team set another season high on Friday, scoring 122 points and getting their second win of the year over Morris.

The Dogs beat Morris on all four apparatus - including by ten points on the uneven bars and nearly seven points on the balance beam - in winning the conference meet 122.55 to 101.5. The Dogs topped 120 points for their third straight meet and only the fourth time since 2001.

Ninth grader Anna Kotten and junior Kacy Nehowig led the charge by winning all four events and finishing 1-2 in the all around. Kotten won the all around, balance beam, and floor exercise, and Nehowig won the uneven bars. They tied for first on the vault.

They finished 1-2 in the other three events and in the all around, with Nehowig second on the beam, floor, and all around, and Kotten second on the bars.

Kotten had a career high of 34.05 in the all around, topping 34 for the first time. She came within a tenth of a point of the school record, which is 34.15 set by Sara Spanier in the 1995-96 season. Kotten had personal bests on the bars and beam as well as the all around.

She, Nehowig, junior Brittney Spanier, and junior Celia Frieler swept the top four spots in the all around. Nehowig scored 33.6 in the all around, her second highest career score. Spanier had a career high placing in the all around, and Frieler placed in the varsity all around for the first time.

The Dogs dominated the placings on all four events. They swept all five placings on the vault, going 1-1-3-4-5, and also went 1-2-4-5 on the bars, 1-2-4 on the beam, and 1-2-5 on the floor exercise. Spanier was fourth on the bars and vault and fifth on the floor; Frieler was fourth on the beam (with a personal best) and fifth on the vault; and seventh grader Megan Wuertz was third on the vault.

This week, the Dogs (2-11) will travel to Ortonville on Friday night.


Individual Results
Vault: Anna Kotten (1) 8.6; Kacy Nehowig (1) 8.6; Megan Wuertz (3) 8.6; Brittney Spanier (4) 7.9; Celia Frieler (5) 7.8; TOTAL: Pay - 33.1; Mor - 29.3;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (1) 8.9; Kotten (2) 8.55; Spanier (4) 7.1; Wuertz (5) 4.8; Frieler 4.25; TOTAL: Pay - 29.35; Mor - 19.15;

Balance beam: Kotten (1) 8.4; Nehowig (2) 8.1; Frieler (4) 7.35; Spanier 6.3; Cassey Lund 5.1; TOTAL: Pay - 30.15; Mor - 23.3;

Floor: Kotten (1); Nehowig (2) 8.0; Spanier (5) 6.85; Frieler 6.6; Lund 6.0; TOTAL: Pay - 29.95; Mor - 27.75;

All around: Kotten (1) 34.05; Nehowig (2) 33.6; Spanier (3) 28.15; Frieler (4) 26.0.

Dassel-Cokato 124.85, Paynesville 121.05
The Dogs lost to Dassel-Cokato at a home meet on Tuesday, Jan. 24, despite matching their season high (which they subsequently broke on Friday at Morris).

The Dogs beat the Chargers on the uneven bars (26.7 to 26.475), lost to them by less than a point on the vault (33.9 to 33.25), and lost the floor (by a point and a half) and the beam (by nearly two points).

Junior Kacy Nehowig won the vault, and ninth grader Anna Kotten won the uneven bars for the Dogs. Nehowig edged Kotten in the all around 32.4 to 32.05, taking second with Kotten third. Nehowig was also second on the bars, third on the floor, and fifth on the balance beam, while Kotten was third on the beam, fourth on the floor, and fifth on the vault. No other Dogs placed.

Junior Brittney Spanier had a no-fall beam routine to score a personal best (6.95) and to help the Dogs top 30 points on the beam. The Dogs topped 30 points on the beam in both meets last week; they did it once in the entire 2004-05 season.

Senior Kayla Nelson also competed in her last home meet of the season.


Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig (1) 8.85; Anna Kotten (5) 8.45; Megan Wuertz 8.1; Brittney Spanier 7.85; Caitlyn Gottwald 7.75; TOTAL: Pay - 33.25; DC - 33.9;

Uneven bars: Kotten (1) 7.5; Nehowig (2) 7.45; Spanier 6.65; Celia Frieler 5.1; Wuertz 5.1; TOTAL: Pay - 26.7; DC - 26.475;

Balance beam: Kotten (3) 7.9; Nehowig (5) 7.75; Kayla Nelson 7.45; Spanier 6.95; Frieler 6.8; TOTAL: Pay - 30.05; DC - 31.95;

Floor: Nehowig (3) 8.35; Kotten (4) 8.2; Gottwald 7.3; Nelson 7.2; Cassey Lund 6.9; TOTAL: Pay - 31.05; DC - 32.525;

All around: Nehowig (2) 32.4; Kotten (3) 32.05.

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