VHS gymnasts score season best 130.8 at Yankton dual

VHS gymnasts score season best 130.8 at Yankton dual By Jim Prosser On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Vermillion gymnasts had their best season score of 130.8 as they met the Yankton/Bon-Homme Gazelles in a dual meet at the Summit Center in Yankton.

�We had a great meet from our two all-arounders, Ariel and Sarah, who each put four great routines together that night,� said coach Mark Upward.

Other Tanager gymnasts who hit excellent routines included Rachel Lorenz (8.7 on floor, 7.6 vault, and 7.75 on bars). Tristen Upward had her season-high 7.8 on the floor. Competition was scored in varsity, and JV divisions. Final varsity scores were:

1. Ariel Hofman (V), 9.1; 2. Lindsey Wilcox, 8.4; 3. Lauren Bushong (Y), 8.35; 3. (tie) Sarah Christopherson, 8.35; 5. Laura Opsahi, 8.15.

1. Sarah Christopherson (V), 8.15; 1. (tie) Arianna Papousek (Y), 8.15; 3.Ariel Hofman (V), 8.10; 4. Lindsey Wilcox (Y), 7.75; (tie) Rachel Lorenz (V), 7.75.

Floor Exercise

1. Hofman (V), 9.25; 1. (tie) Christopherson (V), 9.25; 3. Lorenz (V), 8.7; 4. Bushong (Y), 8.6; 4. (tie) Wilcox, 8.6.

Vault

1. Hofman (V), 9.0; Christopherson (V), 8.95; 3. Lindsey Cameron (Y), 8.85; Wilcox (Y), 8.55; Papousek (Y), 8.5.

All-around

1. Hofman, 35.45; 2. Christopherson, 34.7; 3. Wilcox, 33.3; 4. Bushong, 32.7; 5. Papousek, 32.6.

Team Sscores

Yankton � 131.25.

Vermillion � 130.8.

It has been several seasons since the Tanager team has scored 130 points in a meet.

�I knew we had the potential to break the 130 mark but we needed everyone to ?hit� at the same time,� Upward said. �There is still room for improvement during this final strech of the season. Many new skills and changes are still occuring in their routines and some of the girls didn�t have routines as good as earlier in the year.�

Individuals participating but not placing in the

top five were: Bars � Emily

Renner (eighth), and Calle Sorensen (11th): Beam � Tristen Upward (seventh), Amy Mart (eighth); Floor � Upward (10th), Bethany Sand (13th), Tia Krier (14th); Vault � Sand (eighth), Lorenz (11th).

JV results:

1. Tristen Upward (V), 5.2; 2. Kristin Nielson (Y), 5.15; 3. Sydney Mount (V), 4.3; 4. Christine Hausman (Y), 4.1; 5. Jordan Lillie (Y), 3.75; 5. (tie) Tia Krier, 3.75; 8. Kristen Welk (V), 3.3.

1. DeNell Dykstra (V), 6.8; 2. Rachel Lorenz (V), 5.8; 3. Jordan Lillie (Y), 4.9; 4. Heather Zimmerman (V), 4.8; 5. Calle Sorensen (V), 4.1.

Floor

1. Ashley Klimisch (Y), 7.1; 2. Jordan Lillie (Y), 6.5; 2. (tie) Makayla Kittle, 6.5; 4. Stacey Joy (V), 6.0; 5. Emily Renner (V), 5.5; 9. Molly Manning (V), 4.5.

Vault

1. Gina Althoff (Y), 7.6; 2. Ashley Klimisch (Y), 7.5; 2. (tie) Kristen Nielson (Y), 7.5; 4. Christine Hausman (Y), 7.4; 5. Keelin Schurrer (Y), 7.3; 8. Zimerman (V), 6.75; 9. Manning (V), 6.65; 10. Joy (V), 6.6; 11. Krier, 6.5; 12. Renner (V), 6.45.

Team Scores

Yankton JV � 88.15.

Vermillion JV � 80.55.

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