The Wildcat gymnastics team apparently likes performing on the balance beam in Hudson.
The night of Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Cats had nine of ten JV and varsity gymnasts stay on the beam in a 139.3 to 132.8 Big Rivers Conference dual win over the Raiders. Saturday, Jan. 28, they had eight girls hit their routines on their way to sweeping the JV and varsity competition at the Hudson Invitational.
"The beam success from our dual on Tuesday followed suit into the tournament," Wildcat coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis said. "I'm very happy with the place the beam routines are in at this point, and how the girls are approaching their beam routines to be aggressive in competition."
Saturday the Wildcat varsity took four of the top six spots on beam, led by senior Rose Tashjian's first place score of 9.025. Junior Riley Claude placed third with 8.75 while junior Paige Skorseth was fourth with 8.725. Senior Amanda Guise placed sixth with 8.675.
Claude finished second in the all-around, the first time all season she hasn't been on top of the all-around awards podium. In addition to her third place finish on beam, she took second in the vault with a score of 9.15, and second on the uneven bars with a 9.0. She added a score of 8.35 in the floor exercise to finish with an all-around total of 35.25. Mikala Bugge of Tartan (Minn.) took first with 36.9.
"Individually the varsity tournament had some higher level gymnasts and some dynamic routine," Kahut-Loomis said.
River Falls won the 8-team varsity competition with a score of 138.45 while Tartan was second with 135 and Hudson finished third with 134.55.
The Cats had two place winners on the floor with Skorseth finishing fifth with a score of 8.975 and Guise sixth with 8.925.
Sophomore Karlie Place finished eighth in the vault with a score of 8.75 while freshman Karin Sollom was ninth with 8.7. On the bars, Sollom was seventh with 8.1, Tashjian finished eighth with 8.075 and Place was tenth with 8.0.
"Our bars and floor continue to be solid and the vaulting is making steady progress," Kahut-Loomis said.
Last Tuesday in a dual meet against the Raiders, Claude won the all-around competition with a total score of 35.7 and Tashjian was third with 34.125 as the Cats remained undefeated in the BRC.
Kahut-Loomis said the beam routine provided plenty of tension for the Cats. After the junior varsity went 5-for-5, Taylor Rose led off the varsity portion by staying on before Skorseth and Tashjian followed to give the Cats eight straight hits. Guise put the finishing touches on the event with a first place score of 9.475. Tashjian ended up finishing second with an 8.925.
Claude took first in the vault with a score of 9.075 and on the uneven bars with 9.05.
Skorseth finished second in the floor exercise with a score of 9.175 and senior Ruth Anderson-Benge contributed a third place score of 8.55 on the uneven bars while freshman Kelly Maier finished fifth in the vault with an 8.425.
The Cats return to action this Saturday at the G-E-T Invite in Galesville, and Kahut-Loomis said she's looking forward to another strong effort.
"I'm very proud of the team's camaraderie , determination , and enthusiasm in our competitions," she said.