ARDEN HILLS — The Stillwater gymnastics team held off Mounds View 139.675-139.25 in Friday’s Suburban East Conference meet at Midwest Gymnastics Center.
It marked the closest dual meet of the season for the undefeated Ponies (6-0 SEC, 6-0), who host fellow unbeaten Roseville on Thursday in a meet that will likely determine the conference championship.
“Coming off a week of final exams, the girls were happy to have no school on Friday and were better rested for the meet than they usually are for our finals-week meet,” Ponies coach Traci Swenson said.
Senior Kylie Wittl posted the highest scores in the vault (9.3) and uneven bars (9.2) and established a new personal best with an all-around score of 37.275, but that wasn’t quite good enough to catch Nikki Birr for the all-around. Wittl finished second in the beam (9.5) and floor (9.275) to finish just .15 behind Birr (37.325) in the all-around.
In a meet that remained tight throughout, Stillwater outscored the Mustangs in the vault (36.225-36.1) and bars (34.65-33.1) while Mounds View held a slight edge in the beam (34.425-34.25) and floor (35.625-34.55).
The Ponies were clinging to a .2 lead after two events and each of their first two competitors in the beam took a fall. Scottland Adkins delivered a strong routine to earn an 8.15 while Wittl and Lillyan Pan (9.075) earned their best scores of the season.
n Also on Friday, the Stillwater JV team posted a 125.45-120.0 victory over the Mustangs. Natalie Jantschek delivered the top score for the Ponies in three events, including the beam (7.7), bars (8.4) and floor (8.2). Thalia Anderson (8.3) and Maddie Steffl (8.3) led the Ponies in the vault and Skyler Hult matched Jantschek’s score of 7.7 in the beam.
Mounds View 139.25
Vault (Stillwater 36.225) — 1. Kylie Wittl 9.3; 4. Lillyan Pan 9.15; 5. Sidnee Ronsberg 9.025; Alex Holmberg 8.75; Lauren Thole 8.45.
Uneven bars (Stillwater 34.65) — 1. Kylie Wittl 9.2; Sidnee Ronsberg 8.55; Lillyan Pan 8.5; Lauren Thole 8.4; Skyler Hult 7.95.
Beam (Stillwater 34.25) — 2. Kylie Wittl 9.5; 3. Lillyan Pan 9.075; Scottland Adkins 8.15; Lauren Thole 7.525; Thalia Anderson 7.425.
Floor (Stillwater 34.55) — 2. Kylie Wittl 9.275; Lillyan Pan 8.725; Thalia Anderson 8.35; Annie Seiler 8.2; Sidnee Ronsberg 8.175.
All-around — 1. Nikki Birr (MV) 37.325; 2. Kylie Wittl (St) 37.275; 3. Anna House (MV) 35.475; 4. Lillyan Pan (St) 35.45; 5. Crystal Hanson (MV) 33.925.