Gymnastics: Red Wing places sixth at Hudson
In its final preparation for the Missota Conference championship and the Section 1A meet, the Red Wing gymnastics team took sixth in the eight-team Hudson invitational Saturday.
The Wingers finished with a team score of 122.55. Hudson won the meet with a score of 137.0, followed by River Falls (136.25) and Grantsburg/Luck (127.575).
Red Wing’s best scores came on the vault, with Irina Anderson leading the way with a fourth-place score of 9.0. Morgan Hughes followed with a score of 8.65.
In the bars, Anderson got into the top five again with a fifth-place score of 8.45. Mackenzie Irwin scored a 7.0.
Perhaps Anderson’s biggest surprise came on the balance beam, where she scored a 7.05. It was tough enough for the team as a whole to start the meet on the beam, but Anderson’s routine helped with a tough mental block.
“Irina’s coming off of foot surgery, so that was a good beam routine for her,” said Wingers co-head coach Lisa Hanson.
In the floor exercise, Red Wing had two gymnasts in the 8-point range with Jordan Munson (8.3) and Irwin (8.1).
Now with the regular season over, the Wingers are honed in on improving at the conference championship Friday in Chanhassen before the section meet Feb. 15 at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.
“It was fun (Monday) to see the girls focused. It’s kind of a neat time for the seniors and the varsity girls to get their minds focused,” Hanson said. “They’re trying new things they haven’t tried yet to try and bump up their scores.”
Hanson admits the season has had some ups and downs, with the uncertainty of being able to field a team, to the inability to host a home meet due to the limited size in the new gymnastics building. But all the while, the team has remained upbeat, which has rubbed off on the coaches.
“It has been a really positive season, and the girls’ attitudes have been positive the whole time,” Hanson said. “We’ve had so much support, from the athletic department to lots of people coming out and supporting us.”
With the season coming to a close fast, the Wingers hope to save their best for last.
“We have nothing to lose and we’re going in to conference and sections with everything to gain,” Hanson said. “It’s going to be fun over the next two weeks.”