Tiger gymnasts leap to victory
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta gymnasts have been improving tremendously up to this point in midseason.
“We have a lot of talent and potential on the team,” Coach Trent Oberg said. “It is up to them, as individuals, to keep improving and raising the bar; Challenging themselves to improve their personal best scores by a tenth or have one less fall on the beam.”
It has been several seasons since Oberg has seen the drive, motivation, and determination that this set of gymnasts are showing.
“[We] are approaching some school records on every level: individual, event, and team,” Oberg said.
The Tigers traveled to Paynesville for a rescheduled meet on Friday, Jan. 17. This meet marked the second West Central Conference meet for the Tigers, who beat the Bulldogs in both JV and varsity meets.
The Paynesville meet was the first meet of the New Year for the junior varsity, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from having success and beating the Bulldogs 91.2-51.7 overall.
The Tiger JV improved their season high event scores on the vault, beam, and floor.
On the vault, Elizabeth Golombiecki, Karli Siegel, Shannon Kill, and Victoria Tiernan all set new personal bests. Siegel’s personal best was good enough to tie for second place with teammate Kendra Buro.
The balance beam event score made a significant increase of 3.65 points from the Tigers’ previous meet. The Tigers took all top five spots in the beam event. Kindra Cannon took first, Katie Cannon took second, Lexi Hennen took third, Anna Grove took fourth, and Golombiecki took fifth with her debut performance on the beam.
Kirsten Scheldorf set a new personal best score on the floor, posting a 5.9 – a fifth place finish. Diana Nelson and Noel Schieler tied for third for the Tigers.
Katie Cannon took first in all around for the Tiger JV gymnasts.
For varsity, six gymnasts earned conference points for their respective places in the top five in each event: Kourtney Giese, Savannah Aanerud, Kendra Jergenson, Abby Travis, Buro, Schieler.
Giese had been out for a month due to an injury and the coaching staff is glad to have her back in the lineup.
“[Kourtney] had a good night,” Oberg said. “I think she is getting back into the swing of things. We will continue to see her gain confidence and improve.”
Giese received first place in the vault, beam, floor, and all around with a second place finish on the bars – a very good night for any gymnast.
Aanerud finished second all around behind Giese, taking the first place finish on the bars and second on the floor and beam.
Jergenson placed second on the vault, third on the beam, and fourth on the floor, good enough for fourth all around.
Senior captains Travis and Buro took third place marks at vault and bars, respectively.
All the hard work and top finished paid off as the varsity gymnasts beat Paynesville 116.45-102.75.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle
On Monday, Jan. 20, the Tigers were back in their home gym hosting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in a conference meet.
Both JV and varsity won as a team and set seven new personal bests and one tie, two new season high event scores, and one new season high team score – another great night for the Tiger gymnasts.
For the junior varsity, Katie Cannon took first in all around competition with a second place finish on the beam and floor and a fourth place finish on the vault. Schieler took first on the vault. Siegel took first on the floor and fifth on the vault. On the bars, Kindra Cannon took first, Reegan Sletten placed second with Hennen and Golombiecki placing third and fourth, respectively, for the Tigers.
For varsity action, Giese finished second all around with a first place floor routine and a second place finish on the bars and beam. Jergenson took second on the vault and third on the floor, and Buro received third on the bars. Aanerud took a third place finish on the vault and finished third all around during the competition.
Coach Oberg and his other coaches are very excited about the continued improvement and confidence they are seeing in the Tiger gymnasts.
“Their best is yet to be.”
The Tiger gymnasts last home meet of the season is Friday, Jan. 31 against Benson at 6 p.m. The Tigers will also host the West Central Conference meet on Saturday, Feb. 8.