Royals continue strong start to season
The Watertown-Mayer gymnastics team continued its strong start to the season last week, defeating Delano in a dual meet on Friday, Dec. 7, and finishing in second place at the Prior Lake Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The win over Delano for the Royals came against a team that the Royals tied with for the Wright County Conference title last year. However, the Royals were asked to leave the conference this year, which actually made Friday’s victory a non-conference win, but a significant one nonetheless. The Royals won the meet 137.425 to 131.925.
“I was real pleased with that,” Watertown-Mayer coach Steve Hangartner said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve beaten Delano. The girls were pretty determined.”
Brooke Leaf finished first in the all-around with a score of 35.85. Tina Scanlon finished third with a score of 34.425.
On vault, Sacnlon led the way for the Royals with a score of 9.25. Leaf finished with a 9.025, Ally Matrella had an 8.8, Caitlin Duske had an 8.5 and Caitlin Kammerer had an 8.2.
Leaf’s score of 8.45 also led the Royals on the uneven bars, followed by Scanlon at 8.375. Megan McCain also garnered a strong score at 8.1
The Royals were much improved on balance beam from their first meet against Rockford, and were led this time by Leaf’s 9.1. McCain finished with an 8.8, Duske scored an 8.575 and Scanlon had a score of 8.075.
On floor, Leaf led the way for the Royals with a score of 9.275. Duske score a 9.075, Scanlon scored an 8.725 and McCain was at 8.65.
“We really had a pretty good meet,” Hangartner said. “There were definitely a couple more points we could have picked up, but we’re just not hitting routines yet. We’re getting there. We just need more time to work.”
The Royals nearly won the seven-team Prior Lake Invite on Saturday, but settled for second with 133.55 points. Faribault finished in first with 133.85 points.
“We didn’t have a good meet,” said Hangartner, whose team finished about four points lower than it did the night before against Delano. “The girls were bummed that we lost, but at the same time, it was just nice that we got out of there and nobody got hurt. We tried to use it as a practice, too.”
Leaf finished third in the all-around for the Royals, scoring 34.05 points. Scanlon took 11th with 32.25 points, but did win the vault with a score of 9.4. Leaf and teammate Caitlin Duske tied for fourth on that event with scores of 9.1. At 8.5, Emma Strom and Caitlin Kammerer tied for 17th for the Royals on vault.
Duske took second on floor for the Royals, scoring a 9.0, just five hundredths of a point out of first. McCain also scored an 8.89 to take third place, and Leaf was sixth at 8.5 Katie Heilman’s score of 8.0 was good for a tie for 15th place.
McCain finished in third place on the balance beam for the Royals, while Leaf was sixth at 8.25. Duske scored a 7.65 to take 17th and Kammerer was 19th at 7.6.
Scanlon finished in seventh place on bars with a score of 8.3, just ahead of Leaf, who took eighth with a score of 8.2 McCain was 11th at 7.65 and Duske was 16th at 7.25.
The Royals return to action to host a triangular against Glencoe-Silver Lake and St. Peter on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. The Royals will also compete in an invitational at Annandale Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 a.m.