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Gymnastics: Wingers come up short against state champs

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When your second competition of the season comes against defending Class 1A state champion New Prague, things will look rough on the scoreboard. 

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But for Red Wing gymnastics, the team and the coaches took everything in stride and saw some positives in their second meet of the year. 

“Overall, it was a great meet,” said Red Wing co-head coach Megan Latch. “They’re still pretty green and we do not have a lot of meets under our belts. But we looked good at this point, and we had a lot of girls do events, even for the first time tonight.”

The host Trojans had no trouble winning the meet, 144.525-118.35. 

Senior Carlie Sandstrom had the strongest all-around performance for the Wingers, finishing in third with a score of 31.1. 

Sandstrom’s finest moment came in the balance beam where she stuck her landing, putting together a score of 8.375. Sandstrom also had scores of 6.775 in the uneven bars and 7.65 on the floor exercise.

Jordan Munson ranked fourth in the all-around with a 29.6, with her strongest showing coming on the floor with a score of 8.475. She also tallied an 8.35 in the vault.

“Jordan was fabulous in her floor routine,” Latch said. 

Mackenzie Irwin (29.325) and Morgan Hughes (27.975) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the all-around. Hughes had the team’s best vault with an 8.45, and Irwin had the best uneven bars routine with a 6.8.

“We have a lot of improvements to make,” Latch said, “but for our second meet, we think it went really well.”

The Wingers resume action Jan. 2 at Chanhassen/Chaska.

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