Tanager gymnasts prepare for tournaments

Tanager gymnasts prepare for tournaments By Parker Knox
Sportswriter By Parker Knox Sportswriter Only one meet remains before tournament time in the gymnastics season, and Vermillion's gymnasts will travel to Wagner Monday night for that final dual at 6:30 p.m. That will set the stage for the Region 2A meet to be hosted by Vermillion on Feb. 13. The Tanager gymnasts competed with Yankton-Bon Homme Jan. 22 and came up short in the team totals by 126.85 to 109.2. Cassie Schafer of Y-BH won all four individual events and thus was all-around winner, but Vermillion had the next two slots as sophomores Ely Melby and Amber Walker tied for second in the all-around standings with 31.95 scores. "We went from the best beam performance in Madison to our worst at Yankton," offered Coach Mark Upward. "Hopefully we will be able to have a great beam for our remaining meets." Upward said the Tanagers performed very well at the varsity level in floor exercise and vault but "didn't look very good" on bars and beam. VHS varsity places included: Vault: Melby second, 8.8; Walker third, 8.65; Morgan Hower ninth, 7.5; Cassie Donahoe 10th, 6.5. Bars: Melby second, 7.8; Walker fifth, 7.45; Hower ninth, 4.3; Donahoe 10th, 4.1; Grace Olson 11th, 3.3. Beam: Walker fourth, 7.05; Melby seventh, 6.55; Rory Tucker 10th, 5.25; Donahoe 11th, 4.2. Floor exercise: Melby and Walker tied for second, 8.8; Tucker sixth, 7.05; Christine Epping eighth, 6.4. Yankton-Bon Homme outscored Vermillion in the junior varsity dual, 95.8-39.25. Tanager JV placers were: Vault: Jennifer Morse seventh, 6.65; Terrissah Doering eighth, 6.2; Alexis Reich and Kelsey Meadows tied for ninth, 6.0. Bars: Doering seventh, 1.8; Reich eighth, 1.75. Beam: Reich sixth, 4.35. Floor exercise: Meadows eighth, 3.8; Katlyn Garcia, 2.7.

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