Gymnasts place fifth in WCC standings

This article submitted by Maria Wegner on 2/11/97.

The Paynesville gymnasts travelled to Benson on Monday, Feb. 3 for their last regular season conference meet. The Benson gymnasts outscored the Bulldogs 133.65 to 121.00.

The Bulldogs were behind already after their first rotation bars, where the final score was 32.25-28.05.

Paynesville fell further behind in the second rotation, vault, 34.05-31.5. Despite the low scores, the Bulldogs performed beautiful vaults.

In the third rotation, the Paynesville gymnasts headed to floor, where they were also defeated by Benson. The final floor scores were 35.6-31.05.

The Bulldogs were closest to Benson on beam. Benson and Paynesville both suffered due to falls by many of their gymnasts from the apparatus. The final beam score was 31.75-30.4.

Wegner tied her personal best with a score of 7.95, which earned her fourth place. Spanier scored a season high of 8.4, placing second.

In the all-around competition, Spanier and Wegner both placed in the top five. They were third and fourth respectively.

Paynesville: 121.00
Benson: 133.65


The Paynesville gymnasts traveled to Melrose on Saturday for the final meet that counted for conference points. Saturday was the day of the eight-team conference meet. The Bulldogs finished the meet with their highest team score of the season, 125.9, which put them in fifth place for the day and the season. Their score was not enough to beat Melrose, the defending conference champions, but the Bulldogs posted season high scores on bars and vault.

The Paynesville gymnasts began the meet on beam. Starting on beam can really rattle a team in a big meet, but the gymnasts handled it beautifully, suffering only one fall.

Sara Spanier was the only Paynesville gymnast to place in the top ten, finishing in ninth place. Camille Flanders posted a personal best score of 6.85 on beam, but did not place in the top ten.

In the third rotation, Paynesville competed on vault, where they were very solid in their landings, and had nice scores. No one from Paynesville placed in the top ten.

Jen Moser scored a personal best of 8.15 on vault.

In the sixth rotation the Bulldogs competed on bars. They scored a season high of 32.2 points, with several gymnasts having personal best scores.

Joy Hemmesch started the team off strong, tying her personal best score of 6.6. Larson scored an 8.0, her personal best. Spanier also had a personal best score of 8.35. Wegner scored an 8.4, which tied her for eighth place with a gymnast from Melrose.

The Bulldogs final event was floor, where they really showed off their routines. Spanier was the only Paynesville gymnast to place in the top ten. She finished in a three-way tie for seventh place.

Melrose: 142.15
Benson: 132.10
Sauk Centre: 128.80
New London-Spicer: 126.70
Paynesville : 125.90
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle: 118.10
Litchfield: 112.85
Morris: 104.35

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