The Lakeland gymnastics team competed at the GNC meet at Chequamegon High School on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Thunderbirds placed fifth among small schools with 65.75 points.
“I think with conference, our team was able to see all the schools we have competed against or haven’t in previous meets and the stunts they are doing and skills that we would like to work up to,” coach Mikaila Walker said.
Julie Neuberg placed tied for fourth in the vault with a score of 8.15 points. It was the only top five finish for the Thunderbirds.
“We did get Julie fifth place in conference,” Walker said.
On the bars, Neuberg placed 17th with a score of 4.45 points. On the beam, she had a top 10 finish, placing 10th with a score of 7.1 points.
“As always these gymnasts from all schools really work hard to perfect what they have been doing all season, so it’s nice to see how everyone has progressed this season,” Walker said.
Anna Smith placed 21st on the bars with a score of 4.05 points, 19th on the vault with a score of 7.15 points and 20th on the floor with a score of 5.8 points.
“This meet I was able to see a few things added into each girls routine that they have been working on that added to their performance, however most of these were routines these girls have been performing and trying to perfect since the beginning of the season,” Walker said.
Cameryn Teichmiller placed 14th on the bars with a score of 5.75 points, 20th on the vault with a score of 7.1 and 18th on the floor with a score of 6.25 points.
Sarah Ryan placed 22nd on the beam with a score of 4.0 and 23rd on the vault with a score of 5.95.
There were a number of injuries and sicknesses that did influence the overall score.
“With all the injuries and sickness going around our team, it really kept us from getting higher scores,” Walker said. “This time of the season is really tough for athletes. They’ve been working so hard, but sickness and injuries have really built up in such a long season.”
Up next, the Thunderbirds compete at Sectionals on Friday, Feb. 28 at Antigo High School. The meet starts at 5 p.m.
“I’m glad the girls were able to watch some of the competition we will be going up against at Sectionals next Friday and then hopefully next year,” Walker said.
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