Extra practice time over winter break can prove beneficial for many teams, as it did for the Waconia gymnastics team last Saturday at Big Lake.
Competing against seven other teams, including conference foes Annandale and New London-Spicer, the Wildcats finished second with a team score of 134.05, just two points behind first place Big Lake (134.35). Annandale was third (129.9), and New London-Spicer was sixth (117.4). Also competing were teams from East Ridge, Chisago Lakes, Hendricks, and Minneapolis Southwest.
Head coach Molly Oscarson said the Wildcats had a rough start on the floor, with three gymnasts finishing sixth, 10th, and 11th. Senior Alexanna Gluck was the highest Wildcat finisher with an 8.5, followed by seniors Mckensie Livermore (8.2) and Katie McMahon (8.1).
Freshmvan Ella Hommer finished eighth on the beam with an 8.15, closely trailed by a Wildcat tie for ninth by Livermore and freshman Abby Fahrenkamp (8.1).
McMahon placed fifth on bars with a 7.8, and Gluck was seventh at 7.7.
The ‘Cats turned the meet around on the vault, sweeping the top three places and achieving the team’s highest vault score yet, according to Oscarson. Hommer won the vault with a score of 9.3, followed by Gluck (9.25), and Livermore (9.2). McMahon placed 12th on vault at 8.7.
As a team, Waconia grabbed four of the top ten spots in the all around, led by Livermore’s second place finish at 33.15. Gluck was fourth with a score of 33.05, while McMahon (32.5) and Hommer (32.35) were seventh and eighth, respectively.
“Many of the girls performed some new skills that were learned over winter break,” Oscarson said. “It was a great meet to start off the rest of our season.”
The Wildcats are at Glencoe-Silver Lake next Friday, Jan. 18, before returning home to host Orono and New London-Spicer on Jan. 24.
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