Gymnasts in dual with Yankton

Gymnasts in dual with Yankton by Jim Prosser The Tanager gymnasts had a team point total 125.35 in the return dual meet held at the Vermillion gym on Thursday, Jan. 23. The AA Yankton Gazelles won the meet with a 136.7 score while the young Vermillion girls improved their prior scores of the season with some fine performances.

Vermillion participants, their scores and place in each event were:

Ariel Hofman � Bars, 8.6, second; beam, 8.7, second; floor, 8.45, third; vault, 8.2; AA, 33.95, fourth.

Katie Connors � Bars, 7.25; beam, 7.4; floor, 7.65; vault, 8.2; AA, 30.5.

Sarah Christopherson � Bars, 8.1, fourth; beam, 7.1; floor, 8.05; vault, 8.6, fourth; AA, 31.85.

Sarah Gregg � Bars, 6.0; beam, 8.05.

Brittney Gilkyson � Bars, 6.5; vault, 8.0.

Theresa Ring ��Bars, 5.0.

Tristen Upward � Beam, 7.3; floor, 6.3.

Meghan Epping ��Beam, 4.8; vault, 6.3.

Amy Mart ��Beam, 7.25; vault, 6.2.

Totals � Bars, 30.45; beam, 31.45; floor, 30.45; vault, 33.00.

"No negative vibes on this night," said coach Mark Upward. "We are really starting to see some positive results from the changes being implemented in some of the routines. We had great performances from Ariel Hofman, Sarah Gregg, and Katie Connors on beam and Sarah Christopherson on bars."

In the JV section, Kailie Johnson placed third in all around with scores of 3.0 on bars, 5.3 on beam, 4.5 on floor, and 6.1 on vault. Christina Wellsfry had the best Tanager JV score for a tie at fourth on bars with a 4.2 score and Calle Sorensen was 3.3 on bars.

Ariel Begley had 4.25 on floor, Bethany Sand had the best VHS score of 6.7 on vault, and Paige Hunt had the second best beam score of 4.85 for the Tanager JVs. Sixteen young Vermillion gymnasts competed in the JV division.

According to assistant coach Jaime Strong, "Our JV girls have been working very hard this year and are getting better at each meet. We have only good, positive things ahead with these girls."

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