Rockford gymnasts post season best score despite adversity

Madisyn Bartlett has been a leader for the Rockford gymnastics team. (Photo by Charles Read)
Madisyn Bartlett has been a leader for the Rockford gymnastics team. (Photo by Charles Read)


A month of little practice or gymnastics meet action did not seem to slow down Rockford, when on the last day of the month, posted its high score of the season.

January was a tough month with two varsity competitors out nursing injuries. Then the weather caused cancellation of school and activities. Rockford’s gymnasts had two meets since the Watertown-Mayer Invitational on Jan. 4. The Waconia meet set for Jan. 28 was stormed out.

So that is why coach Jessica Johnson was surprised and proud of her athletes for overcoming adversity, continuing to push team scores upward.

Rockford lost at Little Falls Saturday 127.2 to 124.15, but recorded a season best score even without top vaulter Heidi Trandahl and senior captain Amber Sahli in all events. Sahli is able to practice and could return for the section meet.

“Things are really looking up for our group of girls,” said Johnson. “It is so wonderful to see the girls making sure that they do their best when others are gone. Madisyn Bartlett, Rachel Selly, Julia Dalluge, Skylar Young and Danielle Patnode have really picked things up.”

Bartlett placed third in the all-around, plus finished third on floor exercise and fourth on uneven bars. Selly was fourth all-around, plus took third on balance beam and fifth on floor.

Dalluge placed second on both vault and bars, plus was fourth on floor. Trandahl could perform on beam and placed fifth.

Captain Mikayla Erickson continues to lead by example and score well on her event, the balance beam. She placed second on beam at Little Falls with a score of 8.55.

“They have done this with hard work and dedication,” says Johnson. “It is so great to see this group of girls sticking together and pushing themselves above and beyond to get the team to the next level.”

The next meet, weather permitting, is the Granite Ridge Conference meet Saturday, Feb. 8 in Becker. The Section 5A meet is 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Breck. Delano is the defending champ.

Johnson adds, “The girls are focused and ready for the competition they will face. It should be a great meet.”