The Mitchell High School gymnastics team didn't have as clean of a performance as coach Audra Rew was hoping for, but it still managed to score 143.825 points to place second at the Jill McCormick Invitational on Saturday. Watertown (144.450) came away with the team title and also had the all-around champion in Myah Morris (37.725).
"It wasn't (Mitchell's) best performance," Rew said. "... We aren't really a team that tends to make a lot of mistakes, so making so many mistakes and being beat by so little is a little frustrating. But they're a pretty tough team and will continue pushing through."
Rew attributes some of Mitchell's falls to her increasing the difficulty of routines from last year. She's also still playing around with lineups, though senior Maria Krall still stepped up. She finished second in all-around (37.00), floor (9.375), beam (9.450) and bars (9.125), along with fourth in vault (9.050).
"She really needed that meet for herself," Rew said. "I knew she could hit when she decided to relax and have fun. I think she finally realized it's her senior year but don't add pressure."
The Kernels also showed their depth with Kaylee Bauder (36.625) taking third in all-around and Alyssa Hughes (34.725) placing fifth. Bauder finished third in bars (9.100), fourth in beams (9.275) and floor (9.250), as well as fifth in vault (9.000). Hughes finished sixth in vault (8.950) and floor (9.150).
Kyra Gropper scored 8.925 points to take fourth in bars and Macy Mock took seventh in floor with 34.650, helping her finish eighth (34.650) in all-around.
The Kernels compete in the Chamberlain Invitational today, though won't take its top varsity. Some varsity gymnasts will still compete but in events they usually don't compete in.
"I need them to perform those, too, in case someone does get injured, then I know what they'll do in competition," Rew said. "It's a fun meet for us. We're going to go and really enjoy it."
Wagner/Bon Homme takes second
MILBANK-It was a successful day for Wagner/Bon Homme gymnastics as it finished second at the Milbank Invitational behind only Milbank. W/BH scored 126.25 points, while Milbank recorded 130.65.
Emily Duffek (8.100) and Alcista Dion (7.700) finished first and second, respectively, in parallel bars, while Duffek's 8.950 also earned her the floor title. Alexys Rueb (7.450) took sixth in parallel bars, too. Duffek and Dion tied for ninth with a 7.850 in balance beam. Duffek also won all-around with 8.950 points, while Dion (8.250) placed sixth and Joanna Soukup (8.200) earned 11th.
W/BH competes in the Vermillion Invite on Saturday.
Hough leads Chamberlain to third
FORT PIERRE-The Chamberlain gymnastics team competed at the Stanley County South Central Meet on Saturday, taking third out of the four-team field with 113.20 points. Hot Springs won the meet, followed by Wall in second and Stanley County in fourth.
Allison Hough placed fourth in vault (8.05) and floor (7.55), along with taking sixth in bars (7.10) to be Chamberlain's top finisher in all-around with 29.75 points. Alyssa Allen finished second on the team in all-around (29.35), as she was helped by taking sixth in floor (7.20).
The Cubs host the Chamberlain Quad at 6:15 p.m. today.