The Christmas break didn’t slow down the Mitchell High School gymnastics team.
The Kernels went exactly three weeks between competitions, but they didn’t skip a beat during the break. In fact, they might have only gained steam.
Mitchell recorded a season-high 147.400 on Jan. 9 at the Brookings Invitational, which coach Audra Rew said “that’s been the highest I have had a team score in many years.”
They followed that up with a 146.950 at Monday’s Mitchell Triangular at MEGA. Rew said the meet was used to experiment with new skills.
Rew noted how three Kernels tried new flipping vaults and they all landed them, while she put a few different gymnasts in the beam lineup. She also pointed out how certain gymnasts tried some new bar dismounts.
“(Monday) was just a great day to be able to be on our own equipment, safely try some new skills to make some decisions for later in the season and how we are going to do things,” Rew said. “I like how things turned out.”
Mitchell’s Olivia Prunty had the best all-around score with a 34.95, while Kyanna Gropper (34.45) and Tabitha Sadler (34.45) tied for second.
Mitchell’s Bentley Bates had the best score in the bars (9.150) and floor (9.600). Joslin Sommerville had the best beam score with a 9.550. Bates was just behind Sommerville with a 9.500 in the beam.
“They looked amazing and they have not gotten a shot to compete on beam,” Rew said. “So that was kind of exciting.”
Mitchell’s Kyra Gropper had the best vault with a score of 9.400. Rew also highlighted Kyanna Gropper (9.300) and Olivia Prunty (9.250) for their vault performances.
“That was fun to really see them upgrading their vault and being able to land them and get good scores,” Rew said.
Up next, the Kernels will compete at the Huron Invitational on Friday and the Pierre Invitational on Saturday. Mitchell will break into two teams on Friday, while Saturday’s meet will be used as a qualifier for certain Kernel gymnasts.