Gymnastics: Undefeated season comes to an end

This article submitted by Maria Wegner on 12/23/97.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Bulldogís gymnastics team suffered their first loss of the season to the Melrose Dutchmen, 132.3 to 111.0, in a West Central Conference meet. The Dutchmen are currently the top ranked team in the conference.

The Bulldogs started out on vault where they fell behind by five points. The Paynesville gymnasts have increased their difficulty on vault, but it was no match to the Melrose gymnastís more difficult vaults.

On bars, the Bulldogs performed smooth routines, and all four counting scores were season highs for the gymnasts. Camille Flanders performed a difficult routine with some originality, placing fifth with a score of 7.4. This was Flanderís season high score. Wegner swung a clean routine with no stops for a third place finish, and a season high score of 7.85.

The Bulldogs had a problem staying on the beam. The only no-fall routine of the night was performed by Jen Moser.

On floor, the Bulldogs were once again defeated by the Dutchmenís more difficult routines
In the all-around competition, Wegner finished in fourth place with a score of 31.3.

Melrose: 132.30
Paynesville: 111.00

On Thursday, Dec. 18, the Paynesville gymnasts competed in a nonconference matchup against Kimball/Eden Valley- Watkins (K/EV-W) and suffered their second loss of the season, 125.15 to 116.25.

The Bulldogs began the night on vault, where several personal best and season high scores were earned. Competing in her first varsity meet, Jenni Mayer led the team off with a handspring vault.

Paynesville then moved to bars, where they had nice routines. Wegner finished in first place with a flowing routine and a season high score of 8.15.

The gymnasts had a good night on beam, where they only suffered one fall. Hemmesch, Flanders, and Wegner all had no-fall routines.

Paynesville also had a successful night on floor, where season high scores were earned by Hemmesch (7.55), Moser (7.8), and Wegner (8.25).

In the all-around competition, Hemmesch finished in fifth place with a total score of 27.65. Wegner finished second with her personal best score of 32.8.

Kimball: 125.15
Paynesville: 116.25

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