Gymnastics team places 7th in sections

This article submitted by Maria Wegner on 2/18/97.

The Paynesville gymnasts had a rough time at the Section 6A meet on Saturday, where they finished seventh out of nine schools. The meet was won by Sauk Rapids, who returned to class A after competing AA last year. Sauk Rapids has been rated number one in the state since Christmas, and will be representing Section 6A at the state meet.

Melrose will not be making their annual trip to the state meet as a team, but Melrose teammates Kim Heinen and Stacy Funk will compete in individuals.

The Bulldogs started on floor, an event that's good for a young team when their adrenalin is flowing. Seventh grader Kelli Fenske competed in her second varsity meet of the season, and posted her third highest score.

The Paynesville gymnasts then had a bye before competing on the vault, where Krysta Larson led the team with a score of 7.8. For several reasons, the team's scores were lower than usual.

After resting for two rotations, Paynesville moved to bars where things got even worse. Camille Flanders fell off on her mount. Wegner also had problems with her mount, but did execute a nice uprise into a free back hip circle. A positive note was Hemmesch's new bar routine, which she performed quite well.

Immediately after bars, the Bulldogs rotated to beam, where they came back from a disastrous warm-up to have solid routines. Hemmesch started the team off well with a no-fall routine. Moser performed a half turn mount to increase her difficulty level from a 2.7 to a 3.0. Larson also had a no-fall, and Wegner led with a clean routine.

Sauk Rapids 145.73
Melrose 142.40
Sartell 131.77
Benson 131.30
New London-Spicer 128.57
EV/W-Kimball 124.67
Paynesville 114.97
Ortonville 105.45
Morris 102.38

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