Gymnastics: Ponies improve to 2-0
COTTAGE GROVE — The Stillwater gymnastics team improved to 2-0 this season following Thursday’s 132.325-130.0 Suburban East Conference victory over Park.
Kylie Wittl finished first in the all-around with a total of 35.625 to pace Stillwater, which posted its top score in the floor exercise (34.55).
“Kylie wrapped up floor for us with a great routine,” Ponies coach Traci Swenson said. “Her tumbling is very consistent and her dance skills are also clean. Her floor routine was a highlight of the night for us.”
Wittl posted the highest score in the uneven bars (9.2) and floor (9.4) and also led the Ponies with an 8.325 in the beam.
“We had some falls in three of our (beam) routines,” Swenson said. “Scottland Adkins was nearly flawless in her execution and Kylie once again anchored our set. She stuck her routine, but struggled with some of her connections and finished with an easier dismount than she usually performs, which led to some deductions. As we continue the season, the girls will get more consistent and confident with their routines.”
Lillyan Pan led the Ponies in the vault with a score of 8.8, good enough for second overall.
“Lillyan had a solid tuck tsukahara for our highest vault score of the night and Kylie was just behind her,” Swenson said. “We will continue to work to upgrade our vaults and get more consistent landing them.”
Stillwater competed without two of its top vaulters as Alex Holmberg and Lauren Thole were performing in an orchestra concert.
“As it is early in the season, we are still working to get strength and consistency with our flipping vaults, and we had some struggles with them,” Swenson said. “It’s really good experience for the girls to perform the difficult vaults in competition, but we need to work on landing.”
Stillwater is scheduled to host East Ridge in an SEC meet on Thursday.
“While we still had some errors, we had many improvements from last week,” Swenson said. “There are a number of things that we need to work on, but we’re looking to steadily improve with each meet.”
n Also on Thursday, the Stillwater JV team posted a 122.55-119.45 victory over the Wolfpack. Maddie Steffl finished first in the bars to help pace the Ponies, who also received a first-place finish in the all-around from Skyler Hult (29.45).
Stillwater 132.325, Park 130.0
Vault (Stillwater 33.3) — 2. Lillyan Pan (St) 8.8; 3. Kylie Wittl (St) 8.7; Sami Matschi (St) 8.0; Sidnee Ronsberg (St) 7.8; Maddie Steffl (St) 7.4.
Uneven bars (Stillwater 33.2) — 1. Kylie Wittl (St) 9.2; 2. Lillyan Pan (St) 8.35; 3. Natalie Jantschek (St) 8.225; Sidnee Ronsberg (St) 7.425; Sami Matschi (St) 6.0.
Beam (Stillwater 31.275) — 3. Kylie Wittl (St) 8.325; Scottland Adkins (St) 8.3; Lillyan Pan (St) 7.6; Sami Matschi (St) 7.05; Natalie Jantschek (St) 6.525.
Floor (Stillwater 34.55) — 1. Kylie Wittl (St) 9.4; Lillyan Pan (St) 8.625; Sidnee Ronsberg (St) 8.325; Thalia Anderson (St) 8.2; Sami Matschi (St) 8.05.
All-around — 1. Kylie Wittl (St) 35.625; 2. McKay Zurn (Par) 33.75); 3. Lillyan Pan (St) 33.375.