Royals win home quad

Tina Scanlon on beam at home on Jan. 10.

Tina Scanlon on beam at home on Jan. 10.

The Watertown-Mayer gymnastics team improved to 5-0 this season and extended its duals winning streak to 24 during a quadrangular meet Friday, Jan. 10, at Watertown-Mayer High School.

The Royals scored 140.55 points to easily defeat Waconia (133.075), Mankato West (130.375) and Mankato East (114.25). The Royals haven’t lost a meet other than invitational since the season-opening meet in 2011-12. The Royals opened that season with a loss to Delano before rattling off nine wins in a row to tie for the Wright County Conference title, and last year, the Royals went 10-0 in duals last year as an independent.

During Friday’s quadrangular, the Royals won three of the four events and also took the top two spots in the individual all-around, and three of the top four.

“We had a pretty good meet,” Watertown-Mayer coach Steve Hangartner said. “Our form is really starting to come. We still only hit 12 out of 20 routines, so we still have a lot to improve on.”

Tina Scanlon finished first in the all-around with a score of 35.95. Scanlon took first place on both vault and bars. She scored a 9.2 on vault and added an 8.55 on bars. She also took second on floor with a 9.5.

Scanlon might have won floor as well, if not for a near school-record performance from Brooke Leaf. Leaf scored a 9.525 to nearly break a record held by Danielle Pallas (9.575). Leaf and Scanlon’s big scores on floor, along with a 9.3 from Ailsa Gilbert, were a big part of helping the Royals also break their team floor record with a score of 37.225. That broke a record that had been set in 1993 by Alli Christenson, Lori Ketcher, Kim Amundson and Lisa Burns (36.85).

Katie Heilman added a second-place finish in the all-around for Watertown-Mayer, scoring 34.65 points. She was third on bars with an 8.0, fourth on vault at 9.1 and fifth on beam at 8.7.

Megan McCain took fourth place in the all-around with 34.275 points. She was second on the balance beam at 9.0, and she also took fifth on vault with a 9.05.

Gilbert, in addition to her strong floor routine, was impressive on vault, where she claimed a tie for second place with a score of 9.15.

Leaf added a second-place finish on balance beam with a score of 8.85.

The Royals will host Litchfield on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. They will also host Mound-Westonka at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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