As expected, the Missota Conference gymnastics meet came down to two state powers in Northfield and New Prague. The Raiders scored 150.475 points to come out on top of the defending state champion Trojans, who scored 148.5.
Red Wing, competing in its final league tilt, placed fifth with 125.45 points.
In the vault, Irina Anderson paced the Wingers with an 8.9 while Morgan Hughes was just behind with an 8.45. But those were just the top two scores on what turned out to be a very good apparatus for Red Wing.
“All five vaulters were in the 8s, which was very nice to see, as was Carlie (Sandstrom)’s handspring full, which was the first time she threw that in competition,” said Red Wing co-head coach Lisa Hanson.
On the parallel uneven bars, Anderson again led the squad, posting a 7.55. Sandstrom was second on the team with a 7.35.
Sandstrom took over the Wingers’ top spot on the balance beam, coming out with a routine that scored an 8.025, just ahead of Abigail Rohan’s 7.9.
“Our beam was good tonight,” Hanson said. “The judges scored us a bit lower than we have been scoring in the past, but three girls stuck their routines.”
On the floor exercise, Mackenzie Irwin scored an 8.475 by trying something new.
“She added a half-twist, which made her nervous, but she nailed it,” Hanson said.
Sandstrom was the only Winger in the all-around competition, placing 11th 31.2.
In all, it was a good showing for the young team, especially after dealing with some adversity before even starting the competition.
“We came into the meet on the low-energy end,” Hanson said. “We came in kind of flat. We got to the gym late because of redirection on (Highway) 212, so we got there just before warmups started. Luckily we had the first bye, so the girls were able to get their heads into the meet and help each other out and focus. We were a little frazzled coming in, but they had fun and they really shined tonight.”
The postseason continues next weekend as the Wingers will compete in the Section 1A meet Saturday, Feb. 15, at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.