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Tiger gymnasts have season full of growth

First-time gymnasts, new coaches, and high energy added to the depth of the Tiger gymnastics team in 2009-2010.

"We had many new gymnasts this year, some with no previous gymnastics experience," explained coach Trent Oberg. "These ladies were a great asset to the team and brought a wonderful, peppy attitude to practices and competitions. 

"Our more seasoned gymnasts were also an amazing asset and were called upon to help guide new members in all areas of gymnastics." 

The Tigers were led by captains Cammi Aanerud, Amanda Moser, and Rachel Moser. Two new assistant coaches, Jodi Snell and Kacy Nehowig, also provided experience at all levels.

With over two-thirds of the team being seventh or eighth graders, the experience was crucial to the team's success.

With such a young team, all but two of the Tiger gymnasts will be back next season. Seniors Jess Daly and Shandi Hopkins will be graduating this spring.

Daly has been a gymnast throughout her high school career.

"Jess is a strong individual," said Oberg. "I really appreciated her spunkiness."

Over the years, Daly has had at least 30 "stuck" or flawless routines.

Hopkins, on the other hand, participated in gymnastics for the first time this season.

"She surprised everyone," said Oberg. "She pushed herself and worked hard."

Hard work by the entire team helped the varsity score improve by more than 25 points throughout season. The first meet score was 85.85, and 111.85 was the season's high.

While illness and injuries had an impact at some of the meets, "There was great depth in the squad to step up and fill in as needed," added Oberg.

"Improvements and personal bests were being set at every level."

Another accomplishment for the Tigers this season had nothing to do with meet results. The team received a Silver Award from the Minnesota Girls' Gymnastics Coaches Association. The Tigers had a average GPA of 3.680 to earn the award.

"This was a great season for us," said Oberg. "The talent and future of Tiger gymnastics looks very promising."