Rockford opened the gymnastics season by losing to state power Watertown-Mayer 137.55 to 115.375.
The result got coach Jessica Johnson excited about the season despite the loss.
“The score may not seem like a positive thing with comparing it to our opponents, but it is very exciting for us,” said Johnson. “The past two years we have started our seasons out with a score under 105.”
Johnson adds how the first meet was a good sign that this year is going to be different. She adds, “The girls are so excited to improve their team score. We are shooting high this year.”
Junior captain Mikayla Erickson placed second on balance beam (8.4). Eighth-grader 8th Grader Rachel Selly tied for third on beam (8.225).
Newcomer, Heidi Trandahl, a seventh-grader, received the team’s highest score on vault at 8.375. Amber Sahli had the highest score on uneven bars at 7.05.
Rockford has 6 p.m. home meets set against Dassel-Cokato Dec. 7 and Maple Lake Dec. 11.
The Rocket booster club approved to fund a large portion of a new spring floor for the school. Johnson said the gymnasts also worked very hard to fundraise.