The Hastings Raiders gymnastics team put together their best score of the season two weeks ago when they hosted the Henry Sibley Warriors. The Raiders achieved a varsity team score of 124.1, but lost to Henry Sibley (132.0). Head coach Jeanne Kasel said that the junior varsity also posted their highest score of the season so far, a 107, and lost by just three points.
Hastings only senior, Emma Fendrick, posted a personal best score on the vault with an 8.375, which was good for third behind seventh-graded teammate Kyra Bartholomew, who scored an 8.4. Sophomore Rachel Hughes was right behind Fendrick with an 8.3.
Hughes had the Raiders' top score on the uneven bars with a 7.45, and Bartholomew was just behind her with a 7.425.
Kasel said that scores on the balance beam were a little lower than normal.
"Beam posted lower scores than normal, but that was because the girls are now throwing harder, more difficult skills and are prepared to show them this week and next to finish out the season," she said. "It's the tradeoff you make in order for the girls to feel comfortable putting the new skills into their routines. We are very excited for these girls to show strong, new skills at conference finals and sections."
Bartholomew and junior Kailee Greenough both scored 7.65 and just behind them was sophomore Autumn Keller with a 7.5.
It was a similar situation on the floor exercises.
"On floor we had all of the girls (performing) new passes with more difficulty as well," Kasel said. "Knowing they are now comfortable with them, we will be ready this week and next to compete them with confidence. Rachel Hughes finished first for Hastings with 8.25, Lauren Ruder came up behind in second with (an) 8.05, Emma finished her floor with a 7.975 and Autumn in 4th with a 7.925."
In the all-around, Hughes was tops for Hastings with a 31.275, and Fendrick scored a 29.875.
Kasel also praised her junior varsity team, which she said is unique for Hastings.
"We are so thrilled to have such a young, talented and ambitious junior varsity team this season," she said. "As far back as we can remember, we don't believe Hastings has had a full junior varsity team, which the exception of bars. This is very refreshing to see, especially without a feeder program."
Hastings has the Metro East Conference meet and the postseason left, which Kasel said her team is ready for.
"All of the girls have met or exceeded their personal and team goals for the season," she said. "Now we just need to stay healthy and finish the season out strong."