The Watertown-Mayer gymnastics team broke a nearly 20-year-old school record by scoring 143.925 points last Friday night in a home dual, easily beating Annandale, which finished with 134.2 points.
The score broke the Royals previous record, which head coach Steve Hangartner said was set in either 1993 or 1994. Still, he thinks his team can be even better.
“We had a great meet,” he said. “I was very proud of our girls. We still have room for improvement. We hit 15 out of our 20 routines.”
The Royals won four of the top five spots in the all-around competition, led by Brooke Leaf in first with a score of 36.675 and Megan McCain in second with a score of 35.9. Caitlin Duske finished in fourth place with a score of 34.75 and Katie Heilman was fifth at 34.75.
The Royals were particularly strong on vault, where there score of 37.775 also broke the school record. Hangartner also indicated that he believes the team’s balance beam score of 36.5 was also a school record.
On vault, Duske’s 9.525 led the way, as the Royals swept the top five spots. Leaf and Heilman were tied for second at 9.45,, while Tina Scanlon was fourth at 9.35 and McCain was fifth at 9.275.
On balance beam, Leaf picked up one of her two wins on the night, scoring a 9.4 Also for the Royals, McCain was second at 9.25, Heilman was third at 9.125 and Duske was fifth at 8.725.
Leaf also won floor exercise with a 9.35 while Duske was second at 9.275. McCain’s score of 9.15 was good for third place and Scanlon scored a 9.0 to take fourth.
The only event on which the Royals didn’t have the winner was the uneven bars. However, Leaf still took second with a score of 8.475, while Scanlon was third with an 8.45 and McCain was fourth with an 8.225.
The Royals will be back in action with a 6 p.m. meet at Waconia on Thursday, Feb. 7, which will close the regular season. The section tournament is set for Friday, Feb. 15.
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