Wingers fall in first home meet
Injuries and illnesses are keeping the Red Wing gymnastics team from fielding its full team and the Wingers lost Tuesday night against Chanhassen/Chaska in Red Wing.
"Each meet, we seem to have a few people not competing due to illness or due to soreness," Red Wing head coach Beth Mayer said. "That's happening because they're not year-round gymnasts."
Red Wing freshman Irina Anderson, the team's top all-around finisher from the last meet, injured her wrist earlier in the week and was unable to compete. Red Wing finished with 119.675 to Chanhassen/Chaska's 136.45.
Senior Molly Hart returned from a bruised knee to compete in the all-around competition for the first time this season and placed third with a 30.95. She finished fifth on the floor exercise with an 8.425. Freshman Maria Furlong placed third on the floor exercise and the vault and sophomore Carlie Sandstrom finished in fourth place on the balance beam with a 7.95.
In their first home meet of the season, the Wingers appeared more comfortable despite still needing to clean up much of their routines.
"They've had more repetitions to do," Mayer said. "But they still have a lot of cleaning up to do in their routines. They were nervous before they went but they overcame those nerves. They're internally handling it much better."
Red Wing hosts New Prague Friday.