Tiger gymnasts compete in first dual
The Tigers hosted their first duel of the season when the Alexandria Cardinals came to town on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Last year, Alexandria finished runner-up in the Section 6A Gymnastics meet and even sent some individuals to state.
“Alexandria has a strong gymnastics program,” coach Trent Oberg said. “It was a fun meet for all of us.”
Tuesday night was the first meet for the JV gymnasts, so there were a lot of nerves and excitement. Several girls were competing for the first time as a gymnast and others competed for the first time in a new event.
Oberg and the coaching staff had to do some scrambling before the meet due to a practice injury the night before, but Oberg assures that with the numbers the program has this season, the Tigers have depth.
“Everyone seemed to step-up [Tuesday] night,” Oberg said. “Routines seemed to flow smoother, there were less breaks, the tricks were starting to clean-up and the scores reflected it.”
“There were numerous personal bests at both the varsity and junior varsity level,” Oberg added.
Freshmen Savannah Aanerud and Kendra Jergenson both had a great meet. Both had set three new personal bests at the previous meet, and their performance Tuesday was not any different.
Aanerud set four new personal best scores and Jergenson set three with some big increases in their scores.
Jergenson had a phenomenal performance at the beam.
“Her routine was solid and she performed it with confidence,” Oberg said. “I found myself having to ‘pick up my jaw,’ it was amazing.”
Oberg commented that Jergenson was the first Tiger gymnast to “stick” her routine--having no falls.
“The entire team was excited to see her score,” Oberg said. Jergenson received an 8.1 for her efforts--a new personal best score and good enough for second place.
Another freshman Noel Schieler had a great night on the Uneven Bars. “She has been working very hard on the connections during the routine,” Oberg said. Her efforts paid off with a new personal best of 7.0 and a fifth place finish.
“We have a group of freshmen that are starting to blossom with their gymnastics careers,” Oberg said. “This will be an exciting group to watch as the season progresses and as they continue in the coming years.”
Aanerud was second all around, fourth on the floor, and tied for fourth on the beam.
Jergenson placed second on the beam, third all around, and fifth on the floor.
Schieler was fifth on the Uneven Bars.
In the duel, the Tiger gymnasts had nine new personal best scores set, and the varsity had two season high team scores and one season high event score tie.
Junior Elizabeth Golombiecki and freshman Anna Grove competed in the Uneven Bars event for their first time.
Eighth grader Victoria Tiernan competed the floor event for the first time.
Eighth graders Kali Berlinger and Reegan Sletten made their MACA Tiger gymnastics debut with performances on the vault and bars, respectively.
Seven new personal bests were set for the Tiger JV gymnasts, including five season high event-team scores.