Depth leads Rocket gymnasts to victory

BY DAVID PEDERSEN

Rockford did not win any of the four gymnastics events at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted/Holy Trinity last week, but did win the meet 118.375 to 111.7.

“I am very proud of the girls for continuing to strive to better themselves on each event,” said coach Jessica Johnson.

The coach points to a big reason for that in the addition of new co-head coach Mike Erickson, who she calls a great spotter and has been able to work with the girls to better themselves and push their own limits.

“The skills they are learning this year are amazing,” adds Johnson. “With that being said, the girls are pushing themselves in the meets to compete their new skills. Because of this, it doesn’t always work out the way we want.”

The Rockets were doing well against HLWW until balance beam. It all started well when junior captain Amber Sahli stuck her routine and received her season best score of 7.3.

“After that we had 10 falls on beam,” said Johnson. “Eight of the falls affected our final team score by four points. In the big picture, we had a lot of success at the meet.

Shelby Kocher of HLWW won every event, plus all-around. Rockford had two who performed in the all-around. Amber Sahli was second and Rachel Selly took fourth.

Mikayla Erickson placed second on vault and balance beam and was third on floor exercise. Sahli captured second on uneven bars and was third on beam.

Selly finished second on floor and fourth on vault. Heidi Trandahl was third on vault, Brianna Schumacher was third on bars and Hailie McLearen was fourth on floor.

The team is off until the home meet against Little Falls, 6 p.m. Jan. 3.

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