|2/14/2019 3:49:00 PM|
Despite progress, Wildcats beaten by Rogers and Monti
The Wildcats have been slowly improving their score all year, and after a small set back against Monticello on Tuesday, February 5 in which they scored 136.525, Chisago Lakes put one of their highest scores of the year together on the very next night against Rogers, despite losing 139.10-137.10.
Monticello 140.3, Chisago Lakes 136.525
Against Monticello, the Wildcats beat the Magic in two of the events, but both by very narrow margins, and Monti’s wins were by much wider gaps.
Chisago Lakes had good balance beam showings, scoring 33.7 to Monti’s 33.475. Claudia Stipe, Aliah Williams and Ann Nelson all scored over eight and Karley Aki and Elsa Leopold both had 7.95s in support.
On the floor exercise, CL scored 35.925 to Monticello’s 35.50, with Williams and Leopold both going over 9.0 in the event. Stipe scored an 8.825 and Nelson had an 8.7.
Stipe and Williams had CL’s best scores in the other two events, with Stipe putting up a 9.225 on vault and Williams a 9.1 on the uneven bars.
Rogers 139.1, Chisago Lakes 137.1
Despite the loss, this meet was especially impressive because it was on the very next night after the Monti match.
It’s very rare to have back-to-back gymnastics meets, but because of the nasty weather we’ve had over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot to make up. “The girls were very sore and tired from the night before, but they still put up one of our best scores of the season,” Head Coach Brett Kjos said. “It really shows how well they are tackling our conditioning program every day in practice. The girls have just done a great job.”
Stipe had a personal best in the all around, putting up scores of 9-plus in all events except the uneven bars, which she still scored an 8.750 in.
She led CL in the vault, the balance beam and on the floor on her way to a 36.125 all around.
Williams led CL on the uneven bars, scoring a 9.150 and starting to integrate some of the moves that earned her a state title last year. She still hasn’t competed on the vault yet this year though, due to a shoulder injury. With sections coming up this weekend, Chisago Lakes is looking to fine tune routines and learn what they are going to do to extend their season. Kjos is hoping they can get a full week of practice in to really get things down, although there’d already been challenges on Tuesday with another dump of snow.