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February 27, 2020

1/9/2020 2:55:00 PM
Gymnasts battle through injuries to a nice finish at Tropical Twist Invite

The Big Lake Tropical Twist invite brought out some of the best Class A competition that 2020 has to offer.

The Chisago Lakes gymnastics team finished in sixth place in the meet, but it featured some of the top teams in the state, including top ranked Class A Big Lake and top five ranked Class AA Sartell-St. Stephen.

The ‘Cats scored 131.500, which was a little bit off of their season best, but still a good little score after struggling a bit on uneven bars.

CL opened with the vault and they put up their best score of the day on that event behind leaders Claudia Stipe and Elsa Leopold. Stipe scored a 9.3 and Leopold put up a 9.1 to pace CL. Violet Doolittle scored an 8.5, and Karley Aki scored an 8.3 to round out the scoring on the vault for CL.

The bars were the tough go for CL in their second round. Leopold and Stipe cleared 8.000, but Lily Grabow was third on the team with a 7.3 and Aki’s 6.9 had to be used when McKenna Keene struggled to a 5.0.

The ‘Cats totaled only 30.3 points on the bars, their lowest tally of the day by far.

On the balance beam, Leopold and Stipe again led the way, with Leopold scoring an 8.55 and Stipe registering an 8.350.

Aki put up a 7.750 and Doolittle scored a 7.0 to finish up CL’s total of 31.650.

On the floor exercise, Chisago Lakes put up their second best score of the day. Leopold stuck her 8.9 routing, Stipe scored an 8.65 and Aki and Doolittle each scored an 8.4. Keene had a nice score of 8.2 as the fifth gymnast in the event.

Stipe, Leopold and Aki all put together all around scores. Leopold was the top finisher for CL with a 34.550, which was good enough for eighth place. Stipe was right behind in ninth place with an all around of 34.400. Becca Green of Annandale High School, won the event with 37.850.

“The meet was a great one to start off our busy month of January.  It features a lot of top teams in both our section and conference and also included some former teams from the Mississippi 8,” Head Coach Brett Kjos said. “Fun to see where we stand against these conference and section foes. We have had a rash of injuries over the past week, and needed to fill in many varsity roster spots with some junior varsity gymnasts.  Both McKenna Keene and Alicia Krieg were added to the lineup for this meet and did a great job in their varsity debut on many events.  McKenna set personal record on vault, bars and floor exercise while Alicia had a PR on beam.  It was nice to see them perform in a big meet and gain valuable experience that will help them in the future.”

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