Behind multiple first-place winners, the Mitchell High School gymnastics team captured first at its home triangular on Tuesday at MEGA.
The Kernels finished with 146.300 points, while Sioux Falls Lincoln took second with 137.950 points. Yankton (134.750) finished third.
Mitchell coach Audra Rew praised the number of different gymnasts that stepped up and performed well on their routines.
“They were above and beyond what they have been doing,” Rew said. “That’s really the most exciting part.”
She singled out Chelsey Mohr on beam and Kyra Gropper on vault.
“I didn’t even compete either one of them on Saturday (at Sioux Falls Lincoln) and they both won events for me with great scores,” Rew added.
Mitchell had three gymnasts finish first through third in the all-around standings. Gropper (37.000) was the all-around winner, while also scoring top marks in bars (9.200) and vault (9.550). She also placed second in beam (8.950) and floor (9.300).
Emily Moody (36.500) and Alyssa Hughes (36.350) finished second and third, respectively, in the all-around. Hughes also finished second in bars (9.050), third in beam (8.900) and tied for second in vault (9.450). Moody had the best mark in floor with a score of 9.450. She also tied for third in bars (8.900) with Mohr. Moody also tied for fourth place in vault (9.400).
Rew said the Kernels are starting to show mental toughness and consistency during the early portion of the season.
“I am really excited about the consistency I am starting to see and how clean the routines are,” Rew said. “I am just starting to see progress and obviously it showed in our score.”
The Kernels will compete at the Aberdeen Central Invitational on Saturday. It’s where the state meet will be held in February.
“That will be great experience for these girls to be on the state competition floor and on the same equipment and competing under the same format,” Rew said. “That’s the biggest thing we are going to be taking away from Saturday.”