Tigers piece together section gymnastics crown
Wischmann and Shrode are top all-arounders
by DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS Newspapers
For someone who could barely roll out of bed that day, the Section 5A gymnastics meet last week was “simply amazing” for Delano senior Anna Wischmann.
The Tigers scored 136.25 to capture the section title over Mound-Westonka (131.025) and Rockford (125.125) in the field of nine teams last Thursday in Delano.
“As a team I do believe that we did peak,” said Wischmann. “We finally put the puzzle together. That was our goal.”
The state Class A team competition runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the U of M Pavilion. Individuals compete at the same time Saturday, Feb. 23.
It was not Wischmann’s personal best. She had come down with a sore throat and sinus aches just a couple days before the meet. The day prior the senior was sent home from practice early to rest.
“Getting out of bed the next morning was a struggle, but I knew it had to be done,” adds Wischmann about getting her game face on.
“As a senior it has always been a goal of mine to go to state in the all-around. With the way I felt, I was just hoping to be one of the top four. To be the champion was truly an amazing feeling.”
Wischmann won the all-around title with 34.65 points, edging out teammate Andi Jo Shrode at 34.475. She placed first on vault (9.25), second on floor exercise (9.075), third on bars (8.325) and fifth on balance beam (8).
“Key factors for our team were that we were just fired up and every girl gave 110 percent at this meet,” says Wischmann. “As far as the state meet goes and being a senior, I want nothing more than to lay out everything I got on each event and have fun.”
Shrode also finished first on floor (9.45), third on vault (9.05) and fourth on beam (8.1), advancing to state individually in all three events plus all-around.
The top four in each events advance.
Amelia Sutherland captured the title on the balance beam at 9.1. She also was fifth on bars (8.275).
Two other Tigers did well in the all-around, adding to the team total. Cassie Moe scored 32.4 points, while Alexus Aguirre finished was at 32.275.
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