Gymnasts improve at Yankton dual contest

Gymnasts improve at Yankton dual contest by Jim Prosser With the new year at hand and the sub-zero weather gone for now, the Tanager gymnasts improved their team point total for a season best 117.6 at the dual meet held at Yankton on Thursday, Jan. 4.

The AA Gazelles won the meet with a 130.85 score but the young Tanagers made their presence known by some fine performances.

Vermillion participants, their scores and place in each event are listed below.

Natalie Tuetken � bars, 7.9 (third).

Brittney Gilkyson � bars, 7.2 (sixth); vault, 8.0 (seventh).

Tabitha Hubert � beam, 5.95.

Carley Bernard � beam, 6.6 (sixth).

Beth Pier � beam, 7.1 (fourth); floor exercise, 7.6 (seventh); vault, 7.6.

Katie Connors � bars, 5.8; beam, 6.05; floor exercise, 7.9 (sixth); vault, 8.1 (fifth); all-around, 27.85 (seventh).

Meganne Hovden � bars, 6.7; floor exercise, 7.25; vault, 8.2 (fourth).

Sarah Christopherson � bars, 7.0; beam, 6.15; floor exercise, 7.45; vault, 8.1 (fifth); all-around, 28.95 (sixth).

Sarah Gregg � beam, 4.85.

Totals � bars, 28.8; beam, 26.2; floor exercise, 30.2; vault, 32.4.

"We looked great for three events again Thursday, but the balance beam got us again," said Coach Mark Upward. "We are improving each week and that's what we need to do right now."

In the JV section, Tyra Upward placed second on the balance beam and fourth on vault.

The dozen or so youngsters participating on junior varsity are beginning to develop routines and their scores are steadily improving.

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