A perfect 10: Royals beat Waconia to finish off 10-0 regular season

Watertown-Mayer's Katie Heilman competes on the balance beam during last week's win at Waconia. (Staff photo by Melissa Marohl).
Watertown-Mayer’s Katie Heilman competes on the balance beam during last week’s win at Waconia. (Staff photo by Melissa Marohl).

The Watertown-Mayer gymnastics team capped a perfect regular season last week with a dual win over Waconia, and now has its sights set on the section meet, which the Royals will host Friday afternoon.

The Royals, ranked No. 6 in the state in class A, will host the 11 team meet starting at 5 p.m., with a state team berth on the line, as well as individual spots in all four events. As a team, the Royals will once again see their stiffest competition from No. 2 New Prague. Only the top team advances to state, while the top four individuals on each event and in the all-around also advance to compete as individuals.

Royals 140.4, Waconia 135.575

Despite missing two of its regular varsity gymnasts because of illness and injury, the Royals still defeated Waconia on the road to close the regular season with a 10-0 record.

“We had a really good meet,” Watertown-Mayer coach Steve Hangartner said. “It was the first time in 10 years that we have gone undefeated.

The Royals, already missing one gymnast because of illness, were put in a tough spot when Tina Scanlon also had to withdraw due to injury with only two of four events completed. That left the Royals with only four gymnasts to compete on floor and beam, meaning they had to count every score without throwing the lowest out.

“We hit four floor routines and then nailed four beam routines with no falls,” Hangartner said. “The girls really stepped it up. We went on to beat the undefeated Wright County Conference champions by over five points.”

While Waconia’s Alexanna Gluck won the all-around with 36.550 points, Watertown-Mayer gymnasts took the next three spots. Caitlin Duske was second with 36.350, Megan McCain was third at 35.550 and Katie Heilman was fourth at 34.550.

Gluck won three of the four events for Waconia, but the Royals’ Duske won the vault with a score of 9.375. Heilman was also third on that event at 8.975.

On bars, McCain finished second with a score of 8.550. Duske was third at 8.525 and Caitlin Kammerer was fourth at 8.350. McCain finished second on beam with a score of 9.075, while Duske was third at 9.025 and Heilman was fourth at 8.675. Duske was second on floor exercise with a score of 9.425, while McCain was third at 9.125 and Heilman was fifth at 9.0.

Section 2A Meet

The Royals will host the 11-team meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the auxiliary gym. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

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