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February 26, 2021

2/19/2021 11:56:00 AM
Wildcats get their first win of the year

Everything came together to start the week for Chisago Lakes as they scored a season high and won their first meet of the year against Maple Lake, but by the end of the week, things had toppled over quickly as there were multiple gymnasts out and the team had a tough score in a loss to Cambridge-Isanti.

Chisago Lakes 129.40, Maple Lake 125
First, the good.

The Wildcats had their best meet of the year in a non-conference match up against Maple Lake on Tuesday, February 9.

The Irish had a very rough start on the uneven bars, scoring just 27.8 points and that set them behind from the start since the ‘Cats had a great start on the vault with 34.825 points. Claudie Stipe led the ‘Cats with a 9.025, and Averi Garscia, Lily Grabow, Caty Larson and Karley Aki all had great supporting scores above 8.55.

When the teams swapped events, Chisago Lakes didn’t fare the best on the uneven bars, either, but they still cleared ML by over two points with a 29.9. Stipe was the only Wildcat to score over eight on the event.

That left CL up by three and a half points after two events. The lead ballooned in the third rotation, as Chisago Lakes had another strong showing on the floor exercise, led by Stipe and Aki, while ML had a tough time staying on the balance beam.

When it was Chisago Lakes’ turn on the balance beam, they were not spectacular, but solid enough to keep a large distance between themselves and Maple Lake.

Ann Nelson led the way with an 8.275 and Aki had a 7.85 while Stipe scored a 7.65. Grabow rounded out the varsity beam scores with a 7.6.
Stipe ended up winning the all around for Chisago Lakes, scoring a 33.50. Grabow was third in the all around.

“This was a nice meet overall. We had some struggle on bars and a few falls on the beam,” Head Coach Brett Kjos said. “Hopefully these events will come around as the season progresses as the girls become more proficient with their skills on these events.”

He was also proud after the meet that Stipe had finally completed her Tsukahara Vault for the first time this season. “She has been working on the timing for this vault, and it just hadn’t been meet ready yet,” he said. “It was nice to go against a team that is similar to us. A lot more fun to compete.”

Cambridge-Isanti 142.575, Chisago Lakes 122.975
For as good as the win felt on Tuesday, things took a turn for the worse on Thursday, February 11.
Stipe, Grabow, and Emma Wakefield were all out. Aki was limited to two events with an injury. The ‘Cats had to pull up junior varsity gymnasts and put them into the varsity lineup.

“It provides some valuable experience in future meets for those girls. They really stepped for us. We actually scored higher than our Becker meet when we were at full strength. They did a great job overall.”

Nelson, Garscia and Caty Larson all had to step up and perform in the all around, and all set personal bests. McKenna Keene also hit a personal best on the floor. Kjos said they have been waiting for her to hit that routing and it was awesome to see.

Kendall Triplett got her first varsity experience on floor, and Breanna Kotlowski also made her varsity debut on the balance beam. Nelson, who has been great on the beam for CL, participated in the uneven bars for the first time in varsity.

“Hopefully we will be back to a full lineup this week,” Kjos said. “But is nice to know that if one or more gymnasts are not available, others are right there, ready to compete.”

This week is another two event one for CL. They took on Princeton on Tuesday, February 16 and then will travel to Rush City on Thursday, February 18 to take on the Tigers at 6 p.m.

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