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Wildcats win Rice Lake meet, lack consistency

The River Falls Wildcats gymnastics team took first place at the Rice Lake Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 20. River Falls finished with 136.45 points while Rice Lake took second with 133.875 team points. Submitted photo

The River Falls gymnastics team came home from the Rice Lake Invitational with a first-place team finish on Saturday, Jan. 20 but didn't perform to its full potential, according to Wildcats head coach Lauren Kaminski.

"We didn't have a consistent meet," Kaminski said. "Overall we just lacked energy, and the team just didn't perform to our skill level."

Kaminski said her team's beams were confident but that her gymnasts still had falls and lost a minimum of two points in that event. The Wildcats also had falls on floor, which is typically their most solid event.

Nonetheless, River Falls still pulled off a first-place finish with 136.45 points. Rice Lake finished behind the Wildcats with 133.875 total points.

Sam Krueger led the Wildcats with first-place finishes in vault, beam, floor and all-around. The senior gymnast also took fifth place on bars.

Freshman Eva Mikla competed varsity beam for the first time and led the team off with a clean routine, which earned a score of 7.85 and a 19th-place finish. "[Mikla] did a nice job of setting the tone for the event," Kaminski said.

Junior Cat Stewart recorded a personal best score of 8.4 on bars, which landed her an eighth-place finish.

"We'll be looking to redeem our performance from Saturday and get serious about the goals we've set for the season," Kaminski said.

River Falls returns to Rice Lake on Thursday, Jan. 25 for their Big Rivers Conference dual against the Warriors.

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