Delano fields small but dynamic varsity gymnastics squad
Tigers will play host to section meet
By DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Delano gymnastics team has a different dynamic going this season, but one that is still very dynamic.
After graduating six seniors and returning just two, Delano has rebuilt with a small roster of mostly all-around competitors and fewer specializing in certain events.
In Friday’s home meet victory over Dassel-Cokato, the Tigers used four gymnasts in the all-around (all four events) and two specialists for a total of six.
The result was the highest score of the season at 136.45 to DC’s 118.7. It marked the fifth straight dual meet win following two season opening defeats.
Delano could have five varsity members doing all five events except that Amelia Sutherland is nursing a knee injury and works two events. The other two events are often left open.
Lydia Farniok filled in on floor exercise and took fourth place with an 8.05. Sutherland won first on beam at 8.9 and was second on bars.
“Overall, it has been a good season as we are hoping to make it to state,” said senior captain Anna Wischmann, who has competed at state the past three seasons.
Wischmann was on the Delano teams that qualified for state when she was in ninth and 10th grades. Last year the Tigers were beat out of the section title by Breck. Wischmann qualified for state in vault.
The other senior captain is Andria Jo Shrode, who also is a state meet veteran who won the all-around competition against DC at 35.2. Wischmann was close behind at 34.95.
Shrode had a personal best score on floor at 9.5. She took second on balance beam, third on uneven bars and tied with Wischmann for first on vault at 9.25. Wischmann also captured first on bars, was second on floor and third on beam.
The other all-arounders have been sophomore newcomer Alexus Aquirre and ninth-grader Cassie Moe. Aquirre was third in the all-around against DC also taking third on floor and fourth on bars.
Unfortunately for Delano, the team had to start the season against the top two teams in the league. The Tigers scored 128.825 in the loss to Waconia and 131.925 in the loss to Watertown-Mayer. Otherwise, the scores have gradually been going higher.
The team may benefit by playing host to the Section 5A meet Feb. 14. Coach Jamie Greenberg said she does have some JV gymnasts who could fill varsity spots at section if it provides the best possible lineup.
Breck graduated four seniors and appears to be in a rebuilding mode. The team’s high score has been 111 points compared to 136 for Delano.
A big addition to the team was Aquirre, who has been working at the North Shore Gymnastics Academy. Wischmann said she met her when working out at the club the past summers.
Wischmann followed in the footsteps of two sisters. She left the club level for the high school team after 13 years with the club. She wanted to take it easier after experiencing back pain and wanted to also play softball in high school.
Calling competing at state a great experience, Wischmann wants to go back one more time. Over the summer she developed a new vault and balance beam routine
Next year she will attend UW-Eau Claire, where she will join the gymnastics team to compete in vault and on balance beam.
Delano will be at Glencoe-Silver Lake Thursday, Jan. 24, at Litchfield Friday, Feb. 1 and at Rockford Feb. 5 before hosting the section meet Feb. 14.
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