It was no surprise that the number-one ranked Madison Bulldogs in Class A came away in first place, scoring 138.375 points. What may have been a surprise to some people was that Vermillion finished second (130.075), but only by 8 points behind Madison.
"Madison has been scoring 140+ points all year and beating everyone by 12 to 15 points," said coach Mark Upward. "I am extremely pleased with our score. To be this close to Madison says a lot about our team."
The Wagner Red Raiders (108.45) were the third place team in the Region 2A meet, earning them a trip to the state meet next weekend. West Central rounded out the region teams, finishing a close fourth with a score of 106.375.
The Tanagers performed well in each of the events. The vault gave an inclination of what the meet had in store for the Tanagers. Three of the vaulters had season-best vaults and were rewarded with scores that reflected such.
Calle Sorensen (8.025), Amber Walker (8.05), and Elly Melby (8.125) each had season-high scores on vault. Ariel Hofman finished the vault with a score of 8.9.
The Tanagers next tackled the unforgiving beam. The balance beam has been both a friend and an enemy for the Tanagers this season. The Region Meet was no different.
The only gymnast to have a season-best score was senior Amy Mart (8.1) which was good enough for a sixth place finish. Tristen Upward had a solid no-fall routine (8.475) that placed her in fifth place. Hofman (third) and Lorenz (ninth) were each bitten by the fall bug once and scored 8.775 and 7.125 respectively.
The uneven parallel bars saw a solid performance from the Tanagers. Hofman (8.275), Renner (7.6), Lorenz (7.575), Sorensen (7.45), and Melby (7.125) all qualified for Saturday's competition.
The Tanagers had a strong finish on the floor exercise. Led by Hofman's 9.0, the Tanagers scored an event score of 33.6. Krier (8.3), Lorenz (8.25), Upward (8.05) and Sorensen (7.05) qualified for Saturday's individual honors.
Hofman was third in the all-around with 34.95, while Lorenz placed seventh, 30.65.
The other two Class A region meets were held on Friday, Feb. 10 also. Teams qualifying for the state meet include Britton-Hecla, Milbank, and Clark from Region 1A. In Region 3A, Hot Springs, Stanley County and Chamberlain qualified for the state meet in Huron. The three teams from Region 2A were Madison, Vermillion and Wagner.
The state gymnastics meet will be held in Huron Arena on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. The Class A team competition will begin on Friday morning at 10 a.m. The Class AA team competition will begin immediately following the team awards presentation at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, the competition for individual honors will begin for the Class A gymnasts at 10 in the morning followed in the afternoon by the Class AA competition.
You can check out the results from all the region qualifying meets by going to the South Dakota High School Activities Association Web site, sdhsaa.com.
The following Tanagers qualified for state:
Ariel Hofman � beam, floor exercise, bars, vault.
Tristen Upward � beam, floor exercise.
Raychel Lorenz � beam, floor exercise, bars.
Calle Sorensen � floor exercise, bars, vault.
Tia Krier � floor exercise.
Amy Mart � beam.
Emily Renner � bars.
Elly Melby � bars, vault.
Amber Walker � vault.