Top-rated Bulldogs defeat visiting Tanager gymnasts

Top-rated Bulldogs defeat visiting Tanager gymnasts The Vermillion Tanager gymnasts braved the cold Tuesday evening and traveled to Madison to take on the #1 ranked Madison Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs solidly supported their ranking by defeating the Tanagers 132.95 to 111.7 points.

Despite the loss, the Tanagers scored a season-high point total with good performances on beam, bars and vault. Laura Gors placed second on beam and fourth on vault. Tabitha Hubert placed fifth on beam, and Anne Dambowy placed second on bars and third in the all-around.

"We took a big step towards improving our team this meet," said Coach Mark Upward. "The next step is to improve our tumbling and vault performances to increase our score even more."

The Tanager JV performed very well with Terri Upward and Beth Pier placing second and fourth respectively on floor. Jenna Gilkyson placed fourth on bars, while Sarah Gregg placed fifth on bars.

The next action for the Tanager gymnasts is this weekend when they travel to the Jackson Invitational in Jackson, MN. The next home meet is Jan. 21, when the Tanagers host Yankton for parents' night.

The Tanagers host the Region meet on Feb. 6.

The Tanager point summary is as follows:

Varsity

Vault — Laura Gors, 8.1, fourth.

Beam — Laura Gors, 7.6, second; Tabby Hubert, 6.9, fifth.

Bars — Anne Dambowy, 8.0, second.

All-Around — Anne Dambowy, 28.9, third.

Team scores — Madison: bars 33.0; floor 35.55; beam 30.2; vault 34.2; total 132.95; Vermillion: bars 28.3; floor 25.5; beam 26.7; vault 31.2; total 111.7.

Vault — Terri Upward, 7.9, second; Beth Pier, 7.5, fourth.

Bars — Jenna Gilkyson, 4.5, fourth; Sarah Gregg, 4.3, fifth.

Team scores — Madison: bars 18.7; floor 22.9; beam 22.0; vault 30.2; total 93.8. Vermillion: bars 16.8; floor 10.2; beam 16.2; vault 30.0; total 73.2.

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