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Kernel gymnasts record season-high mark in Brookings

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Kernel gymnasts record season-high mark in Brookings
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

BROOKINGS -- The Mitchell Kernels gymnastics team recorded a season-high 146.0 in the Brookings Triangular Thursday.

The Kernels defeated Madison (142.8) and Brookings (140.35). Mitchell recorded the highest score of the meet on three events and was only outscored by Madison on bars by .05.

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"Scoring our season high going into the conference meet was the thing we needed," said Mitchell coach Audra Rew, adding she was also happy with the junior varsity performances. "We put it all together on the events where we haven't in the past few weeks and the girls did a fantastic job."

Mitchell's Quinci Herll took first place in the all-around, posting her best score of the season with a 37.75. Herll won every event but the floor and recorded her highest score of the night on bars with a 9.65.

Nicole Wittstruck, who posted a season-high 8.6 on bars, finished fifth in the all-around (35.75) and Ellie Rew took sixth (35.65). Wittstruck and Rew recorded season bests in the all-around.

"I still think we can fix some things on beam," Rew said. "Although their routines weren't necessarily the best ones they've done this year, they got their confidence up."

Mitchell's best score was perfect timing as it heads into the postseason. The Kernels are set to compete in the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet Feb. 2 in Huron.

Varsity Scores Team: 1. Mitchell 146.0; 2. Madison 142.8; Brookings 140.35

Individual (Mitchell finishers only)

Vault: 1. Quinci Herll 9.5; 3. Ellie Rew 9.15; 7. Josie Dierks 8.9; 7. Nicole Wittstruck 8.9; 9. Becca Sadler 8.85; 12. Nakkia Johnson 8.7.

Bars: 1. Herll 9.25; 2. Rew 9.2; 5. Sadler 9.0; 9. Wittstruck 8.6; 10. Dierks 8.55; 19. Johnston 7.75.

Beam: 1. Herll 9.65; 2. Emily Prill 9.3; 4. Wittstruck 9.05; 6. Dierks 8.95; 14. Rew 8.3; 19. Sadler 7.3.

Floor: 1. Herll 9.35; 5. Wittstruck 9.2; 7. Rew 9.0; 7. Prill 9.0; 9. Sadler 8.85; 19. Dierks 7.9; 21. Johnston 7.55.

All-Around: 1. Herll 37.75; 5. Wittstruck 35.75; 6. Rew 35.65; 10. Dierks 34.3; 13. Sadler 34.0.

JV

Team: 1. Brookings 126.85; 2. Mitchell 126.25; 3. Madison 115.2

All-around: 1. Kayla Kerr 33.3; 2. Bailey Roden 32.9; 6. Sarah Ramsay 28.75; 8. Mercedes Dufek 27.6

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