The Watertown-Mayer gymnastics team finished in third place out of eight teams last Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Prior Lake Invitational.
Austin won the competition with 124.45 points. Wayzata finished second with 119.65 points and the Royals were third with 118.35 points in a meet where the Royals rested a number of varsity gymnasts.
Tina Scanlon led the Royals with an eighth-place finish in the all-around, scoring a 33.75. Her best event was the uneven bars, where she finished sixth with a score of 8.75, and she was also 10th on floor exercise with a score of 8.8. She also scored an 8.8 on vault and a 7.4 on balance beam.
Megan McCain also finished in 10th place for the Royals in the all-around with a score of 33.25. McCain had top-15 finishes on all four events, including an 11th place finish on beam with an 8.0. She was also 13th on vault with an 8.8 and 13th on floor with an 8.6. She finished 15th on bars with a 7.95.
On balance beam, Katie Heilman added a 7.5 to finish 18th, while Caitlin Kammerer was 20th with a 7.45 and Scanlon was 21st. Alisa Gilbert also scored a 6.9 for the Royals.
On vault, Heilman posted a second-place finish with a score of 9.1. Taylor Hix was 11th for the Royals at 8.9 and Kammerer was 20th at 8.5.
On floor, Heilman posted an 8.8 to finish tied with Scanlon for ninth place. Gilbert and McCain both scored an 8.6 to finish tied for 13th, and Hix scored an 8.1 to finish tied for 21st.
Heilman added yet another top-10 finish on bars, where she took ninth with an 8.65. Kammerer had an 8.25 to finish 12th, and Ella May scored a 7.3.
The Royals were also in action the previous Saturday, Dec. 7, at a fun invitational in Northfield, where the winner of the meet was determined not by the highest score, but by the team that could most accurately predict its final score. The Royals finished in first place by guessing their score of 138.8 exactly right, and won ice cream for their efforts.
Duske led the team with an all-around score of 34.7, while Scanlon scored a 34.55. Heilman scored a 34.3, McCain scored 34.0 and Gilbert scored 32.65.
The Royals were also in action Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Glencoe-Silver Lake, and won’t return to action again until they host an invitational on Saturday, Jan. 4.