|2/5/2021 11:53:00 AM|
Wildcats find a groove against tough opponent but still fall in two matches
The Chisago Lakes gymnastics team has been slowly getting stronger as the season has gone on, but the competition is getting stronger as they lost two matches last week.
They opened the week on Tuesday, January 26 against Becker, and Head Coach Brett Kjos admitted that wasn’t the best meet for the girls, as they had a 121.150. The vault event was the best one for Chisago Lakes, as they scored a 32.9 with highlights from Averi Garscia, Karley Aki and Lily Grabow. On the beam, Ann Nelson had a nice 8.375, and Claudia Stipe put together a solid 8.350 on the floor exercise.
“The Becker meet was not our best. We just did not have it that night,” Kjos said. We struggled on bars and a little on beam.”
Big Lake 139.575, Chisago Lakes 127.425
The Wildcats bounced back nicely against Big Lake with their highest score of the season, unfortunately it came against the defending Class A state champion Big Lake.
Vault and beam were highlights for the Wildcats, with a couple of strong scores on floor as well.
Stipe returned to vault in this meet and put up a solid 8.35, but she was the lowest score of the ‘Cats as they just had it going on vault this night. Caty Larson scored an 8.35, Grabow and Aki had 8.4’s and Garscia led the way with an 8.550.
On the balance beam, Nelson again had a good night, scoring an 8.7, matching Stipe’s 8.7. Garscia scored an 8.4 and Grabow put down a 7.95 to round out CL’s top scores.
On floor, Stipe led the ‘Cats again, scoring 8.6. Aki had an 8.1 and Nelson scored a 7.95. Grabow and Garscia were the top scorers on the uneven bars, which continue to be a tough event for CL.
We bounced back nicely against Big Lake. Claudia was back on the vault and Lily did all around for the first time since eighth grade and she set a personal record,” Kjos explained. “We had a great beam night with Ann and Averi setting personal bests and we counted only one fall for the meet.”