VHS gymnasts competing at State A in Brookings

By placing second in the four-school Region 2A gymnastics tournament at Wagner last Friday, Vermillion's gymnasts qualified as a team for state tournament competition at the Swiftel Center in Brookings today (Friday).

The Tanager team will also be well represented in the Class "A" individual competitions at Brookings Saturday as Vermillion qualified four athletes on the beam, four in floor exercise, three in the vault and three on bars as well as one in the all-around competition.

At the regional Madison won the team title with a 144.200 score, and the Tanagers were next at 121.650.  Wagner scored 115.150 and West Central 97.025.

The Tanagers had trailed Wagner by approximately five points in a meet the previous week, so earning the state tournament trip over the Red Raiders by a margin of more than six points made it a superb day for Vermillion gymnasts.

In the all-around competition where the top five advance to state, freshman Jamie Moos earned that fifth and last spot with a 30.725 score.

On the uneven parallel bars where VHS had its second-highest team score of the entire season, three gymnasts advanced to state by placing among the top 12.  Moos was eighth at 7.5250, junior Morgan Hower tied for ninth at 7.4750, and eighth grader Cheyenne Mallory was 12th at 7.0500.

Four Tanagers advanced on the balance beam, including junior Jade Fostvedt with a 7.8500 score, junior Rory Tucker at 7.5500, senior Cassie Donahoe at 7.1750 and Moos at 7.1250.  They placed seventh through 10th, respectively.

VHS will also have four gymnasts in the floor exercise event Saturday, including Tucker, seventh at 8.3250; junior Alexis Reich, eighth at 8.0750; Fostvedt, 10th at 7.8750 and Moos, 12th at 7.8250.

Three vaulters qualified, including Moos, ninth at 8.2500; sophomore Anna Hammond, 10th at 8.000, and Mallory, 11th at 7.9250.

Here are scores of VHS gymnasts who competed at the regional but who did not advance to state:

Vault:  Hower, 13th, 7.8500; Reich, tie-14th, 7.8000; eighth grader Maddie Mockler, tie-14th, 7.8000.

Floor exercise:  Mallory, 14th, 7.6250; Hower, 17th, 7.3750.

Beam:  Mockler, 13th, 6.7500; Hower, 16th, 6.5000.

Bars:  Hammond, 14th, 5.7750; senior Ellie Glover, 15th, 5.6250; Mockler, 18th, 4.8500.

All-around:  Hower, eighth, 29.200; Mallory, 13th, 22.600.

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