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Gymnasts keep raising the bar

The Wildcat gymnastics team crowds on top of the podium after taking first place at the Flip for a Cure Invitational in Galesville Saturday. From left are Ruth Anderson-Benge, Kayla Rohl, Lauren Gutting, Carly Jerry, Kali Kramolis, Sierra Becker, Amanda Guise and Paige Skorseth. Submitted photo

The Wildcat gymnastics team cracked the 140 point plateau in a nonconference dual victory over Stillwater, Minn., last Tuesday, then raised the bar even higher to win the Flip for a Cure Invitational Saturday in Galesville.

The Cats defeated Stillwater 140.725 to 135.9 before posting a score of 141.175 to win the 7-team Flip for a Cure event, a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness hosted by Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau.

Eau Claire Memorial/North had the next highest score at the tourney with 139.75 while La Crescent, Minn., took third with 131.825.

"The girls did a very good job of competing on Saturday," assistant coach Brian Whipple said. "They have a few things to work on in each of their routines, but overall it was a nice meet."

River Falls swept the top three spots in the all-around competition with Carly Jerry taking first with a total score of 35.475, Kali Kramolis second with 34.45 and Paige Skorseth third with 35.325. Sierra Becker took sixth with a score of 34.875.

Kramolis posted the only first place finish in individual events, winning the uneven bars with a score of 9.175. Jerry was third with 8.9 while Skorseth placed fourth with 8.825. Ruth Anderson-Benge tied for seventh with an 8.575.

River Falls took four of the top five spots on the balance beam. Skorseth was second with a score of 8.9, Becker took third with 8.825, Jerry was fourth with 8.75 and Kramolis finished fifth with 8.7.

In the vault, Becker tied for second with a score of 9.075 while Jerry finished fourth with 8.75 and Skorseth was fifth with 8.7.

Jerry had the highest Wildcat finish in the floor exercise, placing third with a score of 9.075. Kramolis finished fifth with 8.975 and Skorseth was sixth with 8.9.

Last Tuesday against Stillwater, Jerry won the all-around with a total score of 35.55 while Kramolis was second with 34.975 and Skorseth was fourth with 33.7.

Jerry scored 9.325 to win the floor exercise while Kramolis took first on the balance beam with a score of 9.075. Sierra Becker was first in the vault with a 9.275 and had the Cats' highest finish on the uneven bars with a second place score of 8.825.

The Cats will host the Big Rivers Conference Tournament on Friday, Feb. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at Meyer Middle School.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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