Kernel gymnasts prep for Aberdeen invite on short rest
Mitchell coming off season-high 145.850 at home quad
Today will be a quick turnaround for the Mitchell High School gymnastics team.
Two days after hosting a quadrangular, the Kernels will compete at the Hub City Invitational today at Golden Eagles Arena in Aberdeen.
It will be Mitchell’s first time competing at the meet on two days of rest. The Kernels usually host a triangular on Tuesday before the meet in Aberdeen. Mitchell coach Audra Rew said she’s intrigued by the quick turnaround for the team, but adds it will be like a regular routine.
“We normally practice on Thursday,” Rew said. “We always have Friday off. Because they need to have their bodies recover a little bit before Saturday. So it isn’t really much different than a practice.”
Mitchell, Aberdeen Central, Huron, Milbank, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Pierre, Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Sioux Falls Washington and Watertown will all compete at the invite.
After posting 143.200 and 143.900 in their first two meets, the Kernels scored a season-high 145.850 during their home quadrangular at MEGA.
“We may have scored higher than that one time last year,” Rew said. “But for the most part, we are beating our last year’s scores by quite a bit.”
In the all-around, Mitchell’s Emily Moody (35.95) and Chelsey Mohr (35.75) finished first and second, respectively. They both posted season-highs in the all-around.
Moody posted a 9.200 in the vault, while Kyra Gropper scored a 9.100 in the bars. Joslin Sommerville (9.500) and Masy Mock (9.350) had the best scores in the floor and beam, respectively.
The Kernels had four of the five best scores in the beam, with Sidney Malde (9.200) and Moody (9.100) right behind their teammates.
“Beam scores were great,” Rew said. “I was happy with that. I feel like we are starting to really hit some of our skills. We are into our third meet of the year and I feel like they are kind of settling down and cleaning things up.”
Mohr scored a season-high 9.300 in the beam to highlight her day.
“Chelsey Mohr really put together a better meet than she’s been having,” Rew said. “She looks back to where she was last year.”
Rew also praised the team’s depth for allowing it to score the team-high so early in the season. She said the eighth-grade crew has come along nicely.
“They weren’t at that point last year,” Rew said. “So they are really capatautling us up. I feel like Emily, Kyra, Chelsey are kind of where they were last year. Then you add those eighth-graders that have really stepped up from where they were last year. That’s what has changed our team score and then you add the seventh-graders for depth and it’s great.”