There remains work to be done, but the young and aspiring Vermillion gymnasts are gradually improving their scores and their routines as the postseason approaches.
Coach Mark Upward credited his girls with a night of consistency throughout after they competed with Yankton and West Central in a triangular at Sioux Falls last week.
"We still have a lot of work to do before our region meet on Feb. 12," Upward said, "but we were consistent all night with our routines."
Especially pleasing to Upward was the fact that his gymnasts finally had what he called "a good, not a great" performance on the beam with only five falls counting against the team's score. Still those falls account for a 2.5-point loss in the team's score, so it remains an area where improvement is mandatory before the team goes to Mitchell for the regional next Friday.
Yankton with 124.8 had the best score at Sioux Falls with VHS at 117.4 and West Central at 112.9. Yankton's Sam Wampol led the close all-around standings at 32.05 with Vermillion's Elly Melby next at 31.55, followed by Jordan Leader of Yankton at 30.9 and Amber Walker of Vermillion fourth at 30.55.
Melby won the vault at 8.65 and the floor exercise at 8.35 and placed fourth on the bars at 7.4. Walker was third on the parallel bars at 7.5 and fifth in the vault at 8.1 and floor exercise at 7.65.
Other VHS scores in varsity events included:
Vault: Christine Epping 7.6, Morgan Hower 7.5, Teddi Settles 7.0, Jaimie Moos 6.8.
Floor exercise: Rory Tucker 7.3, Epping 6.95, Jade Fostvedt 6.95, Hower 6.35.
Beam: Fostvedt 7.45, Tucker 7.3, Walker 7.3, Epping 7.25, Melby 7.15, Cassie Donahoe 3.9.
Bars: Hower 6.9, Grace Olson 5.6, Tucker 4.5, Donahoe 4.1.
Upward praised his junior varsity gymnasts for "stepping up to the plate and producing a great score for them." The Tanager JVs had a 78.2 score to West Central's 78.15.
Ellie Glover's second on the bars at 4.3 was the best VHS score in the JV meet. Here are the other VHS scores:
Bars: Hope Knedler third, 3.9; Jaimie Moos fourth, 3.45; Teddi Settles tie-fifth, 3.3; Kristen Johnson 3.2; Ciara Zimiga 2.8.
Beam: Glover third, 5.55; Settles fourth, 4.85; Grace Olson 4.45, Knedler 3.95, Jennifer Morse 2.75.
Floor exercise: Moos third, 5.95; Settles fourth, 5.4; Katlyn Garcia fifth, 5.1; Knedler 4.85; Kelsey Meadows 2.55
Vault: Sydney Kronaizl fourth, 6.15; Johnson tie-fifth, 6.1; Cassie Donahoe tie-fifth, 6.1; Michaela Olson 5.9, Morse 5.6.