Trojans slide by Eagles
NEW ULM – The New Ulm gymnastics team tallied its highest team score on the season, but did so in losing fashion to Worthington 131.675-130.45 in a nonconference meet on Tuesday night.
New Ulm senior Emily Gulden placed first in the all-around competition with a 33.55 mark. Worthington’s Maria Contreras finished second with 33.5, while Paige Kinley finished third with 3.4.
“She’s pretty clean and consistent for the most part and it’s nice to be able to rely on her,” said New Ulm coach Ariel McFarland. “The younger girls, sometimes you never know what’s going to happen, so it’s nice that Emily is so consistent to where I know what routine I’m going to get from her and that’s where it’s going to be.”
Freshman Molly Klimek was not far behind Kinley’s third-place mark with an overall score of 33.275, which was thanks to fourth-place finishes in vault, uneven bars and balance beam.
Despite having three top-five finishers in the balance beam (Gulden first with 8.65, Klimek fourth with 8.0 and Michaela Howk fifth with 7.5), McFarland said beam was what hurt her team against Worthington.
“I definitely think beam makes or breaks a meet and we did not have a very good beam day today,” McFarland said. “We had a rough beam day, but our floor scores are finally where we want them to be because we haven’t broken 8.0 yet once this year, so it was nice break 8s on floor tonight.”
McFarland said Klimek’s bar routine was “very clean,” garnering her New Ulm’s highest placing in the event of fourth with 7.975.
Freshman Allison Rosenhammer notched a second-place finish in vault with an 8.85, which McFarland said seems to have become effortless for her.
“It is time to beef it up a little bit because it’s getting to the point where it’s too easy for her,” McFarland said of Rosenhammer. “She’s doing a very good job with listening and incorporating what I’m telling her to do.”
Ellie Hohensee did not place in the two varsity events she competed in, but McFarland said she contributed by stepping up in slots the team needed filled.
“It’s nice to have those younger girls that are learning new things and stepping up for you and taking the places you need them to take,” McFarland said.
Eighth-grader Kate Klimek won the junior varsity all-around competition with a compiled score of 30.4.
1. Emily Gulden (N) 33.55
2. Maria Contreras (W) 33.5
3. Paige Kinley (W) 33.4
1. Paige Kinley (W) 8.95
2. Allison Rosenhammer (N) 88.5
3. Liz Hayenga (W) 8.8
4. Molly Klimek (N) 8.775
5. Maria Contreras (W) 8.75
1. Paige Kinley (W) 8.45
2. Taylor Eggers (W) 8.05
3. Maria Contreras (W) 8.0
4. Molly Klimek (N) 7.975
5. Emily Gulden (N) 7.65
1. Emily Gulden (N) 8.65
2. Maria Contreras (W) 8.425
3. Liz Hayenga (W) 8.125
4. Molly Klimek (N) 8.0
5. Michaela Howk (N) 7.5
1. Liz Hayenga (W) 8.775
2. Emily Gulden (N) 8.65
3. Whitney Jensen (W) 8.625
4. Paige Kinley (W) 8.6
5. Allison Rosenhammer (N) 8.55
Junior Varisty All-Around
1. Kate Klimek (N) 30.4
2. Rachel Spartz (W) 29.7
3. Kourtney Bauman (W) 28.05