In the first two weeks of the season, the Waconia gymnastics team has already picked up two Wright County Conference wins over Delano and Litchfield, and also gone up against defending state champion New Prague.
Afraid that Delano was going to be their toughest competitor of the season, head coach Molly Oscarson and the WHS gymnasts were pleasantly surprised Dec. 5 as the Wildcats bested Delano 127.65-120.675 in Waconia’s first meet of the season.
“The girls had a great first meet,” Oscarson said. “I was very proud of how they stepped up and performed as experienced gymnasts. I am excited to see just how much progress they make through the year!”
Varsity returners and sophomore captains Ella Hommer and Abby Fahrenkamp finished 1-2 in the all around after placing in the top five of each event. With an all around score of 33.025, Hommer won both the vault (9.025) and floor (9.0) events. She was also fourth on bars (7.2) and beam (7.8).
Fahrenkamp won on beam (8.175), and was fourth on floor (8.4), fifth on bars (7.075), and fifth on vault (8.0) for an all around total of 31.65.
The Wildcats third all around competitor, seventh grader Katie Fahrenkamp, tied for third in the all around with Delano’s Cassie Moe; both totaled 31.625 points. Fahrenkamp won on bars with a score of 9.97, tied for third with Moe on vault (8.1), and finished fifth on beam at 7.45.
Also competing for the Waconia varsity squad was eighth grader Grace Edsill, who finished second on vault (8.275) and fifth on floor (8.325), along with freshman Raven Concaghblount’s second place performance on bars (7.4).
Hosting defending state champs New Prague on Dec. 10, Oscarson said the Wildcats raised their overall team score but dealt with a few nerves in the 141.525-130.75 loss.
“The girls had a few more jitters going against the reigning state champs, however, I felt they handled themselves very well,” Oscarson said.
Hommer was third all around (34.55) after winning on beam (9.0) and finishing third on both vault (9.1) and floor (9.0). Katie Fahrenkamp was fourth in the all around with 32.15 points, after a sixth place finish on bars (8.05). Edsill also cracked the top five of the all around and with a score of 30.625, finished fifth.
In individual events, Abby Fahrenkamp (8.775) and Rachel Runyon (8.6) were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the floor exercise.
The week continued with Waconia’s first away competition at Litchfield on Friday, Dec. 13. Winning 130.45-114.825, Wildcats snagged the top three spots in nearly every event plus the all around.
“It was a great night,” Oscarson said.
Hommer (34.075), Abby Fahrenkamp (32.625), and Edsill (30.625) swept the top three spots in the all around with Katie Fahrenkamp finishing fifth (30.150).
It was a 1-2-4 finish on beam for Hommer, Abby Fahrenkamp, and Edsill before Waconia took four of the top five places on bars. Concaghblount won on bars with a score of 7.875, followed by Katie Fahrenkamp in second, Abby Fahrenkamp in third, and Edsill in fifth.
Hommer, Abby Fahrenkamp, and Concaghblount were 1-2-3 on beam, followed by Edsill in fifth.
“We had four out of five girls stick their beam routine,” Oscarson said, a definite accomplishment for the young Wildcats.
The floor event went to Hommer, who won with a score of 9.1, followed by Abby Fahrenkamp in second, Runyon in third, and Katie Fahrenkamp in fourth.
WHS will host Mound-Westonka Friday night, Dec. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. With a break for the winter holidays, the Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 4 in Big Lake and will spend most of January on the road.
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