Gymnastics: Ponies improve to 4-0
WOODBURY — The Stillwater gymnastics team improved to 4-0 on the season following Thursday’s 132.475-130.275 Suburban East Conference victory over Woodbury.
The Ponies competed without junior Lillyan Pan and Sami Matschi due to illness and injury, but still had enough fire power to post their second highest score of the season.
Kylie Wittl finished first in the uneven bars (9.05) and beam (9.2) and placed second in the vault (8.95) and floor (8.775) to lead the Ponies. She also posted a first-place all-around score of 35.975.
Stillwater’s top team score came in the vault, where Alex Holmberg followed Wittl with a score of 8.45 and the trio of Sidnee Ronsberg (8.2), Lauren Thole (8.15) and Maggie Germundson (8.15) were not far behind.
“Maggie had her varsity debut to start our vault set,” Ponies coach Traci Swenson said. “She just learned a more difficult handspring full vault this week, and with Sami and Lillyan out of the line-up, it was a great opportunity for Maggie to fill a spot and get varsity experience. Her vault was clean, but just a bit short on the twisting rotation. With more time and work on this vault, it is going to be a great one for Maggie.
“We struggled with landings on the rest of our vaults. Sidnee and Lauren both competed tuck tsukahara vaults, but neither were able to stay on their feet on the landing. Kylie and Alex both competed pike tsuks, and they also, unfortunately, fell on their landings. It’s great for the team and very exciting to have many girls flipping the big vaults in the gym, but now we really need to focus on finishing the vaults with clean landings.”
The Ponies totaled 34.125 in the floor, with Ronsberg (8.5), Thalia Anderson (8.45) and Holmberg (8.075) following Wittl to complete the scoring.
“Alex opened for us with an energetic routine,” Swenson said. “Her tumbling was clean and her dance was engaging. Thalia had one of her best routines of her career on floor. She has been getting stronger in her tumbling and her new routine suits her very well. Sidnee also is getting more comfortable with her new routine, and her tumbling and dance skills were executed well. Kylie finished floor for us with a solid routine. She had to work to hold on to the landing on her last tumbling pass — despite that, she finished with a somewhat conservative score.”
Thole followed Wittl in the uneven bars as Stillwater’s second highest score with a 7.95 and teammates Skyler Hult (7.875) and Natalie Jantschek (7.85) were not far behind.
“We have seen some fluctuations in the scores on bars as the judges adjust to the new rules, but the girls are doing a great job adapting their routines and working on the skills and combinations that will help them to increase their scores,” Swenson said.
Thole also ranked second behind Wittl for the Ponies with a score of 8.15 in the beam, which was their final event.
“Lauren was confident and consistent in her routine, stick all of her skills with very few deductions,” Swenson said. “Kylie anchored beam for us as well with another stuck routine. She has been so consistent this season; she makes even her difficult skills look easy.”
n Also on Thursday, the Stillwater JV team posted a 121.65-119.0 victory over the Royals.
Stillwater 132.475, Woodbury 130.275
Vault (Stillwater 34.6) — 2. Kylie Wittl 8.95; Alex Holmberg 8.45; Sidnee Ronsberg 8.2; Lauren Thole 8.15; Maggie Germundson 8.15.
Uneven bars (Stillwater 29.55) — 1. Kylie Wittl 9.05; Lauren Thole 7.95; Skyler Hult 7.875; Natalie Jantschek 7.85; Sidnee Ronsberg 7.7.
Beam (Stillwater 32.0) — 1. Kylie Wittl 9.2; Lauren Thole 8.15; Scottland Adkins 7.45; Natalie Jantschek 7.4; Thalia Anderson 6.65.
Floor (Stillwater 34.125) — 2. Kylie Wittl 8.775; Sidnee Ronsberg 8.5; Thalia Anderson 8.45; Alex Holmberg 8.075; Annie Seiler 7.8.
All-around — 1. Kylie Wittl (St) 35.975.