Gymnasts win own quadrangular

This article submitted by Maria Wagner on 1/28/97.

The Paynesville gymnasts won all four individual events on their way to winning the Paynesville Quadrangular by six points on Tuesday, January 21. Their score of 124.60 was a season high for the team.

The Paynesville gymnasts were looking for a close meet with New London-Spicer, but after learning that New London-Spicer's top gymnasts were healing injuries, the Bulldogs were out to have a good time and show their skills.

New London-Spicer placed third with a score of 112.65. Their top two gymnasts sat out due to injuries.

Second place belonged to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle all night. They placed second in all four events, with the exception of floor. Their final score of 118.30 was a an improvement of nine points over their dual meet score against Paynesville. This was due in part to their improved score on floor: 26.7-30.25.

Litchfield finished in fourth place at 109.55, after winning the meet in 1994 and 1995 (The Quadrangular was cancelled last year due to weather).

The format of this meet is slightly different than most varsity meets. Each team is allowed six competitors per event compared to the usual five, with the top four scores counting towards the team total.

The top five individual event placings and the all-around competition were also dominated by Paynesville, with Maria Wegner and Sara Spanier placing in all four events. Krysta Larson also placed twice in the top five.

In the vault competition, Spanier (P) took first place. She scored an 8.7, tieing her second best score of the season. Wegner (P) placed second, tying her personal best vault score of 8.4. Third place went to Jessie Becker (LP-GE) who scored an 8.3. Ashley Nelson (L) earned fourth place with an 8.1, and fifth place was earned by Brooke Gravely (NL-S).

Wegner (P) barely missed the school record on bars (8.55) when she scored an 8.45 to take top honors on bars. Second place went to J. Becker (LP-GE) who scored a 7.95, and Spanier (P) scored a 7.5 for third place. Megan Sobotka (LP-GE) placed fourth, with a score of 7.35, and fifth place went to Alicia Ninneman (NL-S), with a score of 7.25.

Spanier (P) also won the balance beam competition with her second highest score of the season, 8.1. Second place went to Tracy Imdieke (NL-S), who scored a 7.6. In third place was Sobotka (LP-GE) with 7.4., and fourth place was earned by J. Becker (LP-GE) who also scored a 7.4, but due to the superior judge's score, she placed fourth. Wegner (P) placed fifth with a score of 7.15.

Spanier (P) also barely missed breaking her own school record on floor, scoring a 9.0 to win the floor exercise. Wegner (P) scored a season high of 8.4 to place second. Larson (P) also scored a season high, 8.25, on her way to placing third. Ninneman (NL-S) placed fourth with an 8.1, and Jen Moser (P) scored a personal best of 8.0, placing fifth.

In the all-around competition, there were fifteen competitors. Spanier (P) placed first, with a season high of 33.3 points. Wegner (P) also scored a season high with 32.4 points, placing second. J. Becker (LP-GE) placed third with 31.5 points, Larson (P) posted her second highest total of the season, 30.1, on her way to fourth place, and fifth place went to Sobotka (LP-GE), who scored 29.95 points.

Paynesville gymnasts of the meet were: Joy Hemmesch, Sara Spanier, Lori Thomes, Krysta Larson, Maria Wegner, Kelli Fenske, and Jen Moser.

Paynesville: 124.60
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle: 118.30
New London-Spicer: 112.65
Litchfield: 109.55

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