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Tiger gymnasts compete in conference meet

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta gymnasts returned to action in the new year with a West Central Conference meet at Paynesville/Eden Valley-Watkins Tuesday, Jan. 3. The Tigers fell 123.35-105.65.

Coach Trent Oberg said the Tigers were very excited and had been practicing over the winter break.

"We focused on cleaning up routines, improving difficulty in jumps and leaps, and trying new combinations," Oberg said.

"During warm-ups, Abby Travis became injured," explained Oberg. "We had to pull her out of the meet. It took the wind out of our sails.

"Thankfully, our team depth helped to fill in the spots," added Oberg. "Several adjustments were made to the line-up, giving some younger gymnasts more experience."

Junior Varsity

"Our difficulty is improving at all of the events," said Oberg. "There is more confidence in the gymnasts and they are pushing/challenging one another."

Emily Moser competed at vault for the first time in her career.

"She surprised the coaches and herself," said Oberg. "She had been struggling with the event and then it all started to 'click' over the winter break."

Seventh grader Kendra Jergenson stepped up to compete in JV all-around competition.

"Going into the meet, she was scheduled for three events," explained Oberg. "After Abby got hurt we had to move some people around and we asked Jergenson if she was willing to be all-around. The coaches were pleasantly surprised by her performances and her third-place finish.

"I think that she will be seeing more and more action in every event," added Oberg.

"JV vault was great to watch," Oberg said. "The girls did a nice job and improved their scores."

Six personal-best scores were recorded and the JV set a new event season-high score of 30.7 for a 1.2 improvement.

The JV team score was a new season high as well with an 86.1.

"We are looking at the school record and 'counting' the days until it is broken," said Oberg.

Personal bests were recorded by:

• Emily Moser on vault with a 7.5'

• Carly Maanum on vault with a 7.2, bars with a 3.1

• Anika Mundal on vault with a 7.4

• Diana Nelson on vault with a 7.85

• Savannah Aanerud on vault with a 7.7, floor with a 6.5

• Kendra Jergenson on vault with a 7.65, bars with a 3.7, floor with 6.0, all-around with a 21.15

• Laura Kuhn tied her PB on beam with a 4.3

• Kelsey Voges on beam with a 3.0


Hailey Kotts, Kourtney Giese, and Shala Nyvold were able to earn points in the West Central Conference standings with their performances and places.

"Nyvold saw all-around action at the varsity level for the first time and did a nice job finishing in fifth place," said Oberg.

Giese took first place at the vault.

Kotts had four top-five finishes in the meet,

"She stuck her beam routine," said Oberg. "We have to tease her about the beam. It is not her favorite event, yet she looks very confident up there."

Emily Moser also stuck her beam routine.

"We are consistent, that is for sure," explained Oberg. "Our scores are solid and the depth of the team is our saving grace.

"We as coaches are waiting for the meet that 'breaks the ice' - when everything works and we are at full strength - we know that it will happen soon."

Personal Bests:

• Kendra Buro tied her PB on vault with a 7.7, tied her PB on floor with a 6.0

• Shala Nyvold on bars with a 3.55, tied her PB on beam with a 6.2, in all-around with a 22.9

• Haley Erdahl on vault with a 7.65