The Watertown-Mayer High School gymnastics team finished in seventh place last Saturday at the True Team state meet in Melrose.
The meet is reserved for the top 10 Class A teams in the state according to the state rankings. Melrose finished in first place with 183.4 points, edging out Austin, which finished with second with 183.275 points. Watertown-Mayer scored 173.35 points.
“Overall, we didn’t have a good meet,” Watertown-Mayer coach Steve Hangartner said. “We only hit 11 out of 20 routines. In this meet, we count every score, which should have been an advantage for us, but we couldn’t execute.”
One of the team’s strongest performances of the day came from senior Brooke Leaf, who finished fourth overall on beam with a 9.5. Ailsa Gilbert also had a nice day for the Royals, posting the team’s highest score on both vault (9.2) and floor (9.25).
On vault, Caitlin Duske added a 9.175, Katie Heilman scored a 9.15, Tina Scanlon scored 8.75 and Taylor Hix scored an 8.7.
On bars, Heilman led the way with an 8.45. Megan McCain was next with an 8.1, and Scanlon and Duske both scored 7.85. Kaitlin Kammerer scored 7.8.
On beam, Scanlon added an 8.9 for the Royals, while Duske finished with an 8.8 and McCain scored an 8.0. Heilman scored a 7.775.
On floor, Scanlon scored a 9.175, while Heilman scored a 9.0 and Leaf was at 8.975. Duske scored 8.975.
“We have dominated every meet that we have been in this year, so it was good to get some good competition,” Hangartner said. “We just couldn’t pull it all together. We need a pressure meet like this. We’ll definitely learn from it.”
Watertown-Mayer extended its impressive duals winning streak with an easy win over Mound-Westonka earlier in the week.
The Royals had a best score from four different gymnasts on each of the four events. Scanlon led the way on vault with a 9.25, Heilman led the way on bars with an 8.95, McCain had the best score on beam with a 9.425, and Leaf led the team on floor with a 9.5.
The Royals swept the top five spots on both vault and floor. On vault, Heilman was second with a 9.2, Duske was third at 9.175, Gilbert was fourth with a 9.1 and Hix was fifth with a 9.025. On floor, Heilman was second with a 9.45, Scanlon was third at 9.275, Duske was fourth with a 9.125 and Gilbert was fifth with a 9.075.
On bars, Scanlon came in second with an 8.825, McCain was third with an 8.2 and Duske was fourth with an 8.1 Kammerer came in seventh with a 7.675.
On beam, Duske added a second-place finish with a score of 8.9. Leaf was fourth at 8.7, Heilman was fifth at 8.625 and Scanlon was seventh at 8.35.
The Royals will now have off until Friday, Feb. 7, when they will take on Annandale on the road.