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Gymnastics: Wingers show improvement in loss

In its second Missota Conference gymnastics meet of the season Thursday evening, Red Wing improved by more than a point against Chanhassen/Chaska. The Wingers scored 119.575 points, 1.225 more than they scored Dec. 20 against New Prague. Red Wing still came out on the short end, however, as the Storm Hawks totaled 134.10 to pick up the league victory.

Co-head coach Lisa Hanson said she liked what she saw from the young Wingers, who were competing without three members of their usual varsity lineup.

“We are excited that our score continues to go up even without some of our varsity girls,” Hanson said.

Red Wing was led by junior Irina Anderson’s 7.9 on the bars and 8.75 on the vault.

“That was the first time back on her bars routine and (Anderson) did well,” Hanson said.

Junior Morgan Hughes scored an 8.45 on the vault, and a 7.65 on the balance beam. Classmate Jordan Munson “nailed her routine,” according to Hanson, with a beam score of 8.05.

With a roster featuring just two seniors, the goal for the Wingers is improvement. And while mistakes are part of the process, Hanson expressed confidence that the team will accept that as part of getting better.

“Each girl had good spots where they shined,” Hanson said. “We had a few mishaps here and there with some falls. … None of those girls let those slipups affect her next event. … We have a lot of hard-working young ladies.”

Red Wing’s next meet will be Tuesday in Farmington, followed by a trip to conference and state power Northfield on Jan. 14.

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