The end of a sports season is always bittersweet, and thus was true for the Waconia gymnastics team. After a very successful season in which the Wildcats repeated as Wright County Conference champions, posted some of their highest scores of the season, and finished third at Section 2A, its time to say goodbye until next winter.
Head coach Molly Oscarson said despite struggling with many illnesses and injuries, the Wildcats had a season full of many personal bests and growth.
“They continued to represent their school and their community in a very positive way,” she said. “They are a great group of young ladies.”
The Wildcats finished the season 9-3, but were undefeated in the conference with an 8-0 record. The ‘Cats three losses came to 2013 Class A state team champion New Prague, Big Lake, and Section 2A runner up Watertown-Mayer. They defeated teams from Delano, Litchfield, Mound-Westonka, Annandale, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Orono, New London-Spicer, Rockford, and Dassel-Cokato.
Waconia scored its highest ever team score of 136.625 in a home triangular against Orono and New London-Spicer on Jan. 24. The ‘Cats finished third behind New Prague and Watertown-Mayer at the Section 2A meet on Feb. 15, and senior Alexanna Gluck qualified for the state tournament after winning the Section 2A all around title.
At state, Gluck was 21st in the all around and also finished 21st on floor and 26th on beam in Class A.
This year, the Wildcats say farewell to three seniors who have been in the program for a combined 20 years. Katie McMahon and Mckensie Livermore, who have trained under Oscarson since their days as seventh graders, and Gluck, who joined as a freshman, leave behind a big hole in the gym and in the varsity lineup.
“This will be very hard to let them go,” Oscarson said. “I have been through many ups and downs with all of them and will miss them greatly.”
But a core of Wildcat gymnasts remain, and are poised to fill the void of the departing seniors. Claire Kinneberg, Ashley Livermore, Abby Fahrenkamp, Ella Hommer, Sydney Krueger, Erin Wagener, Caitlyn Hanson, and others will soon become the faces of upcoming varsity squads.
As a team, the Wildcats were a State Gold Academic award winner.
All-Conference awards for the 2012-13 season went to those who placed in the top 18 gymnasts in the WCC. Alexanna Gluck was first in the conference and received the honors, along with Mckensie Livermore and Ella Hommer. Katie McMahon received All-Conference Honorable Mention.
In order to received All-State or All-State Honorable Mention honors, a gymnast must average certain scores on each event. Four Wildcats received All-State Honorable Mention honors including Gluck (vault, bars, beam, floor, all around); McMahon (beam); Livermore (vault, beam, all around); and Hommer (vault, floor).
Letter winners included Gluck, McMahon, M. Livermore, Hommer, Fahrenkamp, A. Livermore, and Krueger. Team awards went to Gluck (Beam Stick Award, Most Valuable Gymnast), Fahrenkamp (Most Dedicated, Hardest Worker), McMahon (Wildcat Award), and Hommer (Most Improved).
Hommer and Fahrenkamp will captain the team in 2013-14.
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