WHS repeats as WCC gymnastics champs

The Waconia gymnastics team captured back-to-back conference titles after a win over Dassel-Cokato last week.
The Waconia gymnastics team captured back-to-back conference titles after a win over Dassel-Cokato last week.

After defeating Rockford on Jan. 29, the Waconia gymnastics team captured its second straight Wright County Conference title Feb. 1 by defeating Dassel-Cokato. With an undefeated 8-0 conference record, the Wildcats shut out Annandale (6-3) for the title.

The Wildcats will finish the regular season tonight by hosting the Royals of Watertown-Mayer. The Section 2A competition is Feb. 15 at Watertown-Mayer.

WHS 131.3, Rockford 121.625

At Rockford on Jan. 29, head coach Molly Oscarson said the younger gymnasts truly stepped up for Waconia as the Wildcats were missing all around competitors Katie McMahon and Ella Hommer due to illness.

Defeating Rockford by 10 points, the Wildcats grabbed many of the top spots in each event.

Senior Alexanna Gluck, who won the all around with a score of 34.975, also won each individual event including vault (9.25), bars (8.1), beam (8.725), and floor (8.9).

Senior Mckensie Livermore finished second in the all around (33.925) after second place finishes on vault (9.1), bars (7.725), and floor (8.45), as well as a third place finish on beam (8.64).

Third place all around honors went to freshman Abby Fahrenkamp. With a total score of 31.725, Fahrenkamp was fourth on floor (7.95) and beam (8.1), while finishing fifth on vault (8.275) and bars (7.4).

Freshman Sydney Krueger was fifth in the all around (30.075) after a fourth place performance on bars with a score of 7.575.

Junior Claire Kinneberg added valuable points to the Wildcat total by finishing fifth on beam at 7.4.

WHS 134.55, D-C 124.475

The Wildcats sealed their conference title at Dassel-Cokato on Feb. 1 with an undefeated 8-0 conference record. Against the Chargers, the Wildcats pulled out some of their best performances of the season, including every member sticking her beam routine.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls,” Oscarson said. “They had a great season and worked really hard for the title!”

Gluck won the all around with a season best score of 35.65, followed by Hommer in second, also with a season best 33.9. Fahrenkamp was fourth all around, scoring 31.125, after finishing fourth on beam (8.375).

The Wildcats swept first through fourth place on vault, led by Gluck with a score of 9.25. Livermore was second

with a score of 8.95. After finishing second on bars (7.95), Livermore was injured on her second vault and forced to sit out her floor and beam routines.

Gluck was also first on bars (8.2), beam (9.0), and floor (9.2).

Hommer was second on beam with a season best 8.95. She was also third on vault (8.9), bars (7.475), and floor (8.575).

Oscarson said Hommer has had a phenomenal year and continues to be a high contributor to the team score.

“I am excited to see just how much she grows from here being she is only in ninth grade.”

Back on the mat for the first time in a few weeks was senior captain Katie McMahon. McMahon, who has been out with an illness, placed third on beam (8.525) and tied with Dassel-Cokato’s Caitlin Latt for fourth on vault (8.75).

Oscarson was amazed by the Wildcats’ across the board beam sticks against D-C.

“I am so proud,” she said. “Even after seeing a  teammate go down they stepped up and had the best beam score of the year!”

Krueger also competed for the Wildcats and placed fifth on floor with a score of 7.8.


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