Eagles clobber Saints

By Andrea Boettger

Journal Sports Writer

NEW ULM- The New Ulm gymnastics team was on point Monday night as it dominated St. James Area 133.05-93.10 in South Central Conference action.

Emily Gulden took first place in All-Around for the Eagles with an overall score of 34.275. Gulden also placed third or better in every event, finishing first on balance beam (8.525), second on floor exercise (8.95) and second uneven bars (8.10), and third on vault (8.70).

Molly Klimek, Michaela Howk, Allison Rosenhamer and Allison Lease also placed in all four events. Klimek took second overall (33.10) in all-around and Howk third (32.925). Klimek also finished second for the Eagles on vault (8.725) and floor (8.75), third on bars (8.025) and fourth on beam (7.50).

As usual the highest scores for the Eagles came on floor and the lowest were on bars.

“We’re working a little bit on bars and taking the right steps there to up our scores,” Eagles coach Ariel McFarland said.

While beam continues to flip-flop with bars as to which event is the weakest for the Eagles, McFarland is focusing on where she sees the most opportunity to increase scores, which is currently vault.

“With our new skills on vault we have been on vault quite a bit, so beam has gotten a little bit of neglect,” McFarland said.

Even so, the scores on beam and bars were strong enough to pull ahead of the Knights, well before the floor event even began.

“I think tonight’s meet was a good confidence booster in a lot of areas,”

The Eagles move to 5-1 on the season and will be prepping this week for another SCC battle against Waseca.

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