Gymnasts lose in close match to Annandale

This article submitted by Maria Wagner on 1/21/97.

After having four days off followed by one practice, the Paynesville gymnastics team traveled to Annandale for a non-conference meet Tuesday, Jan. 14, and suffered their first loss of the season. The meet was close through all four events, with both teams winning two events, ending up only four tenths of a point apart, 120.8-120.4.

The meet was supposed to be held with three judges, but one was unable to attend. Usually during varsity competition there are two judges per event, but due to the absence there was only one.

The Paynesville vaulters fell slightly behind on their first event. They were outscored 33.4-32.3.

Tracy Miller and Jen Moser started the team out on a good foot. They each scored a 7.7. Krysta Larson had excellent flight during her vault, having earned herself sixth place, and Maria Wegner had a good landing on her second vault. Wegner tied with two girls from Annandale for third place. Sara Spanier placed second.

Paynesville decreased Annandale's lead on bars, where the Paynesville gymnasts have been strong all year. Annandale was outscored 29.0-28.2, dwindling their lead down to three tenths of a point.

Lori Thomes had a smooth routine, starting the team off with a good base score from which the scores could build. Camille Flanders tied for fifth place, Spanier finished in second place, and Wegner earned herself first place.

Paynesville had a weak night on beam. They suffered some uncharacteristic falls, perhaps caused by the lack of practice recently due to the weather. Despite the troubles they had, the Paynesville gymnasts outscored Annandale 27.5-26.5.

Wegner and Flanders each scored a 6.3, and Moser had a nice routine, placing fifth. Larson was solid through her routine and placed third. Spanier performed a back tuck on the beam for the first time in competition. She kept her skill, landing her first, first place finish of the night.

Paynesville wrapped up the night tumbling high on floor, but that was not enough to preserve their lead. Annandale outscored them 32.7-31.6.

Wegner used excellent showmanship combined with nice tumbling to earn herself a share of fourth place. Spanier also had excellent tumbling during her routine, and tied for first with a gymnast from Annandale.

In the all-around competition, Larson placed fifth and Wegner placed third. Spanier won the all-around with a final score of 32.8.

Varsity gymnasts of the meet were Spanier for her back tuck on the beam, and Miller for a stuck landing on her vault.

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