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Wingers face tough competition

The Red Wing gymnastics team faced two-time defending Class AA state champions Northfield Tuesday in Northfield, dropping the meet 144.475 to 120.7.

Ninth-grader Maria Furlong finished third in the all-around competition with a 31.675, including third place on the vault and fifth place on the beam. Sophomore Carlie Sandstrom was Red Wing's top finisher on the uneven bars with a 6.95.

"We had 13 season-best scores between junior varsity and varsity," Red Wing head coach Beth Mayer said. "We're working on that individual thing and we're making progress. The girls are trying to make adjustments in their own performances."

In addition to facing top teams like Northfield and New Prague, the Wingers are struggling to stay healthy. The Holiday break will give Red Wing the chance to recover as the Wingers do not compete again until Jan. 14 at the River Falls Invitational. Mayer said the long layoff will help Red Wing in multiple ways.

"Right now we're dealing with some illnesses," Mayer said. "We'll come back and have some time to do some skill work before we get back into competition. Now, we can backtrack a little and make improvements."

Wingers hit rough patch

The Red Wing gymnastics team had a tough meet Friday in Red Wing, falling to New Prague 143.975 to 120.1.

Junior captain Molly Hart scored the highest for the Wingers in the all-around competition with a 31.05 and scored a 7.425 on the balance beam exercise. Ninth-grader Maria Furlong finished in fourth place on the vault with an 8.8 and fifth place on the floor exercise with an 8.85.

"We're making progress and we've had quite a few switches in the lineup," Red Wing head coach Beth Mayer said. "

Red Wing is competing without ninth-grader Irina Anderson because of a wrist injury. Anderson is one of the Wingers' top all-around competitors and she is expected back in January.

"We're not full strength yet but we can't wait till we get everybody," Mayer said.