Gymnasts have busy week with five meets

This article submitted by Marie Wagner on 2/4/97.

The Paynesville gymnasts traveled into Wildcat country and lost to New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in what should have been a close conference meet. The final score was 127.55-124.00.

The Bulldogs only event title came on bars, 29.95-29.90, where they were led by the eventís first place finisher, Maria Wegner. Sara Spanier posted one of her highest scores of the season to capture third place.

Spanier was the highest finisher for Paynesville in the vault competition, finishing in third place. Larson posted her second highest score of the season, finishing in fourth place. New London-Spicer outscored the Bulldogs by .35, with a team total of 33.05.

Paynesvilleís team really started to fall behind on beam, where they were outscored 31.5-29.15.

In the all-around competition, Spanier tied her second highest score of the season on her way to finishing second. Wegner also achieved her high all-around score of the season, finishing in third place. Krysta Larson scored over thirty all-around points for the fourth time this season, finishing in fourth place.

Paynesville, 124.00
New London- Spicer, 127.55

Dual conference meet
The Paynesville gymnasts hosted a double dual conference meet on Thursday in order to make up for two meets they missed due to weather. Paynesvilleís scores counted against both Morris and Sauk Centre, but Morris and Sauk Centreís scores did not count against each other.

The Bulldogs posted their third highest team score of the season on their way to defeating Morris, 123.95-99.7; but losing by .45 to Sauk Centre, 124.4-123.95.

Placing for Paynesville in the meet against Morris were: Sara Spanier in first, Krysta Larson in third, Maria Wegner in fourth, and Jen Moser in fifth.

Placing in the meet versus Sauk Centre were Spanier in second, and Larson tieing for fourth.

Paynesville also fell to Sauk Centre in the bars competition, 30.3-29.9, but they strengthened their lead against Morris, having outscored their 19 points by over ten points.

Paynesville won the beam competition, defeating Sauk Centreís 27.75 points and Morrisís 24.3 points. Wegner had a personal best score of 7.95 on her way to winning the beam title.

The Bulldog tumblers also captured the floor title, with a high total of 32.7. Sauk Centre scored a 32.25, and Morrisís total was 27.25.

In the all-around competition versus Morris, Wegner placed second, Spanier third, and Larson fourth.

Versus Sauk Centre, Wegner placed second, Spanier third, and Larson fifth.

Paynesville , 123.95
Sauk Centre, 124.40
Morris, 99.70

The Paynesville gymnasts took a beating on Friday night by Melrose in a 141.1-121.25 conference loss.

Coach Dutcher said, "We are in our twelfth week of the season, and (the girlís) bodies are getting tired and worn out. Weíve been lucky because weíve had only minor aches and pains, with the exception of Lori.î

Lori Thomes injured her knee and hamstring on bars. She was the first gymnast of the night on the event when she suffered a fall, injuring her knee.

Sara Spanier had a nice vault, tying her season high score of 8.8, and Wegner posted a personal best score of 8.7. No one from Paynesville placed in the top five.

Wegner was the lone top five finisher on bars. She placed fourth with a score of 8.1.

Krysta Larson and Wegner had no-fall beam routines, but no one from Paynesville made it into the top five.

Spanier was the only top five finisher for Paynesville on floor, finishing in third place. Spanier was also the only top five finisher in the all-around.

Paynesville, 121.25
Melrose, 141.10

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