VHS gymnasts travel to Minnesota competition

VHS gymnasts travel to Minnesota competition by Jim Prosser Joining nine other gymnastics teams from all over Minnesota, Vermillion competed at the Sweetheart Invitational Tournament held in Jackson, MN on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Tanagers were facing their toughest teams of the year and scored 111.525 to place tenth in the varsity only tourney.

Schools from Big Lake, New Prague, and Mound Westonka had scores in the 140s as their participants performed routines not familiar to Tanager gymnasts.

Vermillion scores in each event are listed below.

Name Bars Beam Floor Vault AA

Ariel Hofman 7.5 7.7 7.75 8.05 31.0

Sarah Christopherson 7.55 7.15 8.0 8.1 30.8

Katie Connors 6.85 5.9 8.1 8.15 29.0

Meganne Hovden 6.625 7.7

Sarah Gregg 6.4

TOTALS 28.525 27.15 28.85 32.0

�We were still short handed for the Jackson tourney,� said Couch Upward. �If we could add eight points on floor, that we could have had, we would have scored 120 points. Our girls are working hard, we just need some time now to get healthy (for regionals and state).

�We had a great warm up on the balance beam and I thought we might have a great night,� he added. �We had a team high 11 falls on beam (5.5 points worth of falls). We have quite a few girls with nagging injuries right now. What we really need is a little time to heal.�

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