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.

Caitlin Duske on bars at home on Jan. 10. Brooke Leaf on beam at home on Jan. 10. Tina Scanlon on beam at home on Jan. 10. Katie Heilman on bars at home on Jan. 10.
Caitlin Duske on bars at home on Jan. 10.