|3/12/2021 1:57:00 PM|
Wildcats fly by season best, dominate Rush City
Chisago Lakes 133.600, Rush City 126.750
Chisago Lakes has really started come around in gymnastics as the regular season winds to a close.
They scored a season-high 133.600 to beat Rush City-Pine City-Hinckley Finlayson handily. It was particularily fun for Ann Nelson, Karley Aki and Averi Garscia on their senior night, with all three competing in the all around, and all three setting personal bests.
The ‘Cats started on vault and although they got strong scores across the board, highlighted by Claudia Stipe’s 9.25, it wasn’t their finest effort in the event.
But, they really picked it up in the other three. Stipe, Lily Grabow and Garscia led the ‘Cats on the uneven bars. “Great to see these new routines coming around on the bars,” Kjos said. “We still need some work to clean them up over the next week or so, but they should be ready for the section meet.”
Aki, Stipe and Nelson had great looks on the balance beam, and all five girls — Nelson, Garscia, Aki, Stipe and McKenna Keene — had great floor routines.
“Ann fell on the beam for the first time in over a month. She was the only one to fall. The rest stuck their routines. We have been working hard in practice on adding higher level skills and focusing on sticking our routines and it’s lowly starting to pay off,” Kjos explained. “All five girls have added new, higher level skills to their floor routines. This was the first meet that these skills were added. The result was our highest team floor score of the season. Once again, still not where we need these skills to be, but we still have a couple of weeks until the section meet to perfect them.”
It all added up to a dominating win and the Wildcats best performance of the year. “The last two weeks have been great. Lots of practice time and only a few meets,” Kjos siad. “ It really gives the girls time to work on new skills. The section meet should be exciting!”