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Gymnasts win La Crosse Invite

The Wildcat gymnastics team received some unplanned rest due to last week's four days off from school, but they didn't show any signs of rust when they returned to action at the La Crosse Invitational Saturday, Feb. 2,

Autumn Tiede won the all-around title and led four Wildcats in the top six in the floor exercise as the Cats took first at the eight-team invite with a score of 133.775. Eau Claire Memorial/North was second with 129.275 while Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau was third with 127.5.

"It was a little tough having a meet after having most of the week off due to the weather, but the team handled themselves pretty well and is getting back into the swing of things," coach Lauren Kaminski said.

Tiede took first on the balance beam and uneven bars and was second in the floor exercise on her way to a first place all-around total of 35.175.

Tiede started the day with a personal best score of 9.025 to win the balance beam while Eva Mikla was third with 8.4.

"In spite of some falls our routines looked more confident," Kaminski said. "We are improving in that aspect on beam. Autumn Tiede had a very confident routine and earned a personal best of 9.025 that was very well deserved. She has been working hard all season at improving her routines."

Tiede scored 8.525 on win the bars title while Natalie Swick was eighth with 7.475.

"Bars was about on par with the season so far," Kaminski said. "But it is the event we are looking at working on the most."

Swick led the Wildcats in the vault with a first place score of 9.1 while Mikla was fourth with 8.6 and Isabelle Seyffer placed fifth with 8.525.

"Vault we had a few missteps, unfortunately, but still several solid scores," Kaminski noted. "Natalie Swick had an excellent second vault. After her first vault, she came back determined and improved her second one by almost a point."

Tiede's score of 9.275 in the floor exercise was good for second place and Swick was third with 9.15 while Mikla was fourth with 9.075 and Seyffer finished sixth with 8.5. Seyffer also reached the podium in the all-around with a total score of 31.85.

The Wildcats have two Big Rivers Conference duals on their schedule—Thursday, Feb. 7, at Menomonie and Tuesday, Feb. 12, at home against Rice Lake—before the BRC Tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, in Chippewa Falls.

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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