Sioux Falls Lincoln easily outpaced the Tanagers as they put up 141.4 points to win the meet. I thought we looked very good for our first outing, said coach Mark Upward. We have shown ourselves that we are capable of scoring well, but he have a lot more room to improve. The Tanagers were paced by Elly Melby's all-around score of 30.35 and Amber Walker's all-around score of 31.35.
Individually for the Tanagers, Melby, Walker and Heather Zimmerman all scored 8.6 on vault, which led the Tanager vaulters to a team score of 34.4. On the uneven parallel bars, the Tanagers had good performances from Raychel Lorenz – fifth place with a 7.65 – and Emily Renner, who posted a 7.55 for sixth place. DeNell Dykstra (7.95) was the only Tanager to stick her beam routine. Dykstra's effort was good enough to give her a sixth-place finish. Melby, Walker and Lorenz all posted scores in the low 8s to lead the Tanagers in the floor exercise. Melby was the top floor performer. Her 8.3 was good enough for a sixth place finish.
With Calle out, everyone will have to dig down a little deeper and give more effort for us to improve as a team, added Upward. We still have a very good group of gymnasts and will continue to work hard.
The junior varsity squad was very small in numbers, as many of the younger gymnasts didn't have routines ready for the first meet of the year. The four gymnasts that had routines ready were Jade Fosvedt (fourth on floor), Cassie Donahue (third, AA), Emily Tracy (third on vault) and Morgan Hower (fourth on vault).