Yankton Gazelles top VHS Tanager gymnasts by Jim Prosser With the new year at hand and the sub-zero weather gone for now, the Tanager gymnasts had a team point total of 102.3 in the dual meet held at the YHS Summit Center on Thursday, Jan. 9.
The AA Yankton Gazelles won the meet with a 137.35 score, but the young Vermillion girls had some fine performances, scoring 119.10.
Vermillion participants and their scores in each event are listed below:
Ariel Hofman � Bars, 7.65; beam, 7.75; floor, 8.50; vault, 8.0; AA, 31.90.
Katie Connors � Bars, 6.75; beam, 5.45; floor, 8.05; vault, 8.15; AA, 28.40.
Sarah Christopherson � Bars, 7.35; beam, 6.90; floor, 7.60; vault, 8.75; AA, 30.60.
Brittney Gilkyson � Bars, 7.15; vault, 8.05.
Sarah Gregg � Bars, 5.2; beam, 6.10.
Theresa Ring � Bars, 4.7.
Tristen Upward � Beam, 5.30; floor, 6.90.
Amy Mart � Beam, 3.90; vault, 6.25.
Calli Johnson � Floor, 5.30.
Bethany Sand ��Vault, 6.45.
Totals � Bars, 28.90; beam, 26.20; floor, 31.05; vault, 32.95.
"We had a great meet if you look at the positives and personal bests in the competition," said coach Mark Upward. "We had three personal bests on floor (Katie � 8.0; Tristen � 6.9; and Ariel � 8.5). Also, Sarah Christopherson scored a personal best on vault � 8.75. The positives included several stuck moves on beam, and new moves attempted on floor. The next step is to have the new moves incorporated neatly into the gymnast's routine."
In the JV section, Megan Epping placed first on the balance beam, and Kalli Johnson had a good showing by placing third. Christina Wellsfry was fourth on bars, with Emily Renner and Callie Sorensen placing sixth and seventh. On floor, Ariel Begley tied for fifth, followed by Stacey Joy.
The best VMS vault scores were not in the top five but Epping scored 6.5; Johnson was next with 6.45; and Kristen Welk followed with a 6.2. More than a dozen young Vermillion gymnasts had a chance to compete in the JV division.