Rocket gymnasts hit high water mark, claim hardware
by DAVE PEDERSEN
Calling it a great week for Rockford gymnastics, coach Jessica Johnson said the team won a dual meet with a season high score and came home from the Princeton Invitational Saturday with a team trophy for fifth place.
The high water mark for the season included a season high score in the dual meet of 121.775 against Princeton Jan. 8.
Rocket gymnasts captured four of the top five places on three events. On vault, seventh-grader Heidi Trandahl was first at 8.475. Tied for second were teammates Mikayla Erickson and Amber Sahli (8.35), while Rachel Selly tied for fourth (8.325).
The same happened on uneven bars with Brianna Schumacher first, Sahli second, Skylar Young fourth and Madisyn Bartlett fifth.
The Rockets had no falls on balance beam, taking four of the top five places. Erickson was first at 9.05, a personal best score. Next came Bartlett at 8.025, also a personal best. Hailie McLearen was third and Sahli fourth.
Erickson was second on floor exercise, while Sahli was third and Selly fourth. Sahli won the all-around at 30.75.
“This was an exciting meet with our highest score of the season,” notes Johnson. “We were finally where we should be on beam. As we look over our routines and our performances we have many areas to improve. This means that our score can still climb higher.”
Rockford moved to the Princeton Invitational Saturday, placing fifth with 121.65 points.
Several Rockets were just shy of placing on individual events. Trandahl received 8.475 on vault, tying her personal best. Sahli earned eighth place in the all-around.
The team once again topped its high score on uneven bars, its weakest event. So progress is being made in this area.
“We are looking forward to the rest of our season,” says Johnson. “The girls are more focused than I have ever seen them.”
They have a big goal in mind. When we reach that goal, you will hear all about it. This team is made up of hard working teen-aged athletes determined to surprise everyone with their determination to excel.
At the recent home meet against Little Falls, Johnson was home sick but was able to watch the meet on the school’s web casting.
“It sure made it much easier to work with the girls at practice, letting them know what they needed to improve on,” said Johnson after watching the meet on the internet. “That web casting is a great asset to our school. The girls benefit because they can look over their routines to see where they feel they can improve.”
Prior to the Princeton Invite, Rockford placed sixth at the Watertown-Mayer Invitational.
Erickson tied for 11th with a score of 8.5. As a team Rockford had the fourth best team score on vault with a 33.55. The Rockets topped its best team score on uneven bars at 26.3.
Rockford is home to Becker, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 on parent’s night.
Contact Dave Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org