The Lakeland gymnastics team fell in a home dual to Mosinee/Marathon Tuesday night, but continued to show improvement by posting a new team-best score of 105.425.
Mosinee/Marathon won the dual with a score of 113.475, but Lakeland’s success is evident as the team continues to reach its goals, this time breaking the 105-point mark for the first time this year.
On vault, Haley Farrell took third and posted an 8.0, Gabi Miller and Maddy Melms tied for fifth with a 7.75, Kayela Carroll took seventh with a 7.7, and Brittany Ahonen took ninth, scoring 7.5.
Angie Geiger led Lakeland on bars, taking second overall after scoring 7.075. Farrell took third with a 6.9, Miller finished sixth with a 5.525, Melms took eighth after scoring 4.9, and Ahonen took tenth with a 3.45.
On the beam, Miller finished fourth with a 6.05, followed by Ahonen in sixth with a 5.7, Geiger and Melms in eighth, each with a 5.3, and Farrell in tenth, scoring 4.9.
Farrell led Lakeland on floor and took first overall after scoring a 7.5. Melms followed in third with a 7.175, Miller took seventh with a 6.9, Ahonen finished ninth with a 5.9, and Geiger took tenth, scoring 5.275.
Farrell was Lakeland’s top all-around finisher, scoring 27.3 to take fourth. Miller took fifth with a 26.225, Melms finished seventh with a 25.125, and Ahonen took eighth, totaling 22.55.
Head gymnastics coach Carolyn Juske said it was great for the team to see its improvement show up in the final score, as their improvement isn’t always immediately evident.
“They always improve, but I don’t think the scores always reflect that improvement, so it’s really hard for them to see it, but I see it,” she said.
Juske said Miller had a very strong night across the board.
“Gabi had a wonderful performance tonight, but her scores don’t necessarily reflect it,” Juske said. “She stuck her beam routine for the first time this season, she had an amazing floor routine and the highest back tuck I’ve seen her do, the best leaps and jumps and wonderful block on her vault.”
Juske also said Geiger and Farrell had good showings for Lakeland.
“Angie had an amazing bar routine for her sixteenth birthday, and the highest score she’s seen this season, over seven,” Juske said. “Haley was our top floor performer, so she continues to build confidence in the skills she’s put in there.”
Lakeland surpassed its team goal of scoring a 105, and Juske said the coaches have even higher aspirations for the team.
“The coaches have made a team goal of 110 because it’s very possible for them if they get rid of the falls on beam,” Juske said. “I think beam is going to be our main focus, because we definitely made bars the focus after Medford, so now we’ll tackle beam.”
Juske said the team can get frustrated at times when scores aren’t as high as they would like, but she said if the girls continue to work hard the higher scores will come.
“I think I share their frustrations with the scores, I understand what it’s like,” Juske said. “But I think they also need to come into the gym and try their hardest on every single routine, every single skill on beam, and build up their confidence, visualizing what it should be like more often.”
Juske said if the team can clean up its performance on beam, they will be ready to break out with a complete team performance.
“They have all the pieces, they just need to put it all together,” she said.
Lakeland heads to Rhinelander Tuesday night for a GNC dual meet with the Hodags.
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