Wildcats defeat Mound-Westonka, now 3-0

Freshman Sydney Krueger moves between the lower and upper uneven bars during the same meet.

Freshman Sydney Krueger moves between the lower and upper uneven bars during the same meet.

At their second home meet of the season, the Wildcat gymnasts defeated conference opponent Mound-Westonka 134.875-128.825 on Dec. 11.

“The girls did very well at their second home meet of the year,” Waconia head coach Molly Oscarson said. “Most of the beginning of the season jitters were gone.”

The Wildcats swept the top three places on vault. Freshman Ella Hommer won with an average score of 8.95. Senior Alexanna Gluck was second at 8.9, followed by fellow senior Katie McMahon (8.6).

Gluck went on to win on bars (8.3), beam (8.875), and floor (9.0), giving her first place in the all around with a total score of 35.075.

McMahon tied with Gluck for top honors on beam with an 8.875. She also finished third on bars (7.95) for a second place all around finish at 33.975.

Freshman Abby Fahrenkamp performs on the balance beam during the Wildcats’ Dec. 11 meet with Mound-Westonka.

Freshman Abby Fahrenkamp performs on the balance beam during the Wildcats’ Dec. 11 meet with Mound-Westonka.

Hommer was fourth all around (33.025) after finishing fifth on floor (8.65) and sixth on both beam and bars.

Senior Mckensie Livermore snagged third place on beam (8.5) and tied for second on floor with Mound-Westonka’s Alex Bebeau, scoring an 8.75. Livermore finished fifth all around with a 32.700.

The team score of 134.875 is the highest the team has had yet and Oscarson is looking forward to continuing to grow.

“Our team score continue[s] to get higher,” she said. “This is the way we want to keep our score going.”

The Wildcats competed Tuesday night at New Prague, although results of that contest were not available when this issue went to press.

Prior to the meet, Oscarson said it would be a long night against the section competitor Trojans. New Prague has qualified for state 14 of the last 15 years. The team is 2-0 this season after defeating Lakeville North and Breck.

Oscarson said the Trojans are expecting hundreds of spectators in attendance to remember New Prague head coach Matt Shetka, who unexpectedly passed away Dec. 9.

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