BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Individual scores are starting to pick up as are the victories for the Rockford gymnastics team.
The Rockets defeated Dassel-Cokato 121.075 to 118.875 Friday at home.
“The gymnasts have been working so hard to improve each of their routines to make sure they are getting the best score possible for the skills they are able to perform,” said coach Jessica Johnson. “Mikayla Erickson had one of her best nights on beam with a score of 8.975. Both Mikayla and Rachel Selly are amazing on the balance beam. They push each other to do better every day.”
Erickson was first on beam, second on floor exercise and third on vault. Amber Sahli took second on vault, fourth on bars and fifth on floor. Selly was third on beam and floor.
Heidi Trandahl finished fourth on vault, Brianna Schumacher was second on bars, Madisyn Bartlett was fifth on beam and Hailie McLearen placed fourth on floor.
Johnson said the beam was being a little rough for the Rockets until the last competitor.
“Mikayla Erickson saluted the judges and began her routine,” recalls Johnson. “Mikayla commanded everyone’s attention as she dominated the beam. She stuck her entire routine without a single bobble. As she finished her routine and saluted the judges one more time, the team rose to congratulate her on her outstanding routine.”
Johnson called the score of 8.975 the highlight of the evening, along with the team win.
Rockford stood out on floor exercise, having two gymnasts score in the 8’s and one a hair short. Johnson said with the recent purchase of a new spring floor, the scores are bound to rise.
“It has been an exciting start to the season,” adds Johnson, who is a co-head coach along with newcomer Mike Erickson. “The girls are pumped! We are looking forward to improving our team score from one meet to the next.”