Gymnastics: Receive record high score, but lose match

This article submitted by Maria Wegner on 1/27/98.

On Thursday night, Jan. 22, despite having the teamís season high score, the Bulldog gymnasts suffered a conference loss to the New London-Spicer Wildcats, 130.3 to 121.45.

The Bulldogs began the night on vault barely falling behind the Wildcats, 33.75-33.15. Sara Spanier led the team with a score of 8.55 that landed her in third place.

On bars Paynesville fell way behind and would never catch up. They were outscored by almost six points. Flanders swung her way into third place with a score of 8.0. Spanier finished in fifth place with a score of 7.6.

Paynesville once again had their feet super-glued to the beam on Thursday. They only had one fall out of five routines. Paynesville outscored New London-Spicer 31.2-31.1 on the beam.

Floor brought about some interesting events. The tape player malfunctioned after Spanierís first pass, so she had to stop while they found a new tape and then begin her routine all over from the beginning. She kept her composure though and finished in third place.

In the all-around competition, Spanier earned a season high score of 32.95 for a third place finish. Hemmesch finished in fifth place with a score of 29.55.

New London-Spicer: 130.30
Paynesville : 121.45

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