Cardinal Gymnastics Enjoy Success

by Abby Swick, Staff

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As the Coldwater gymnastics team wraps up their 2015-2016 season it is easy to reflect on their great achievements.

The team consisted of 14 girls, all with different skill levels. The coaches leading the team in these successes this season  included coach Kim Nichols and assistant coaches Janet Kahler and Judy Krzeminski, along with captains Amanda Daoud, Darien Dyer, Madison Hedstrom, Shelby Kahler, and Abby Swick.

The first exciting thing to happen for the girls was their qualification to regionals within the first five meets, something that hasn’t been done in years.

The team had to earn a score of 120.00 or higher four times to go to regionals.

As the team worked hard to make their goals,  the individual scores improved drastically this season.

Each gymnast at some point during the season competed in the all around category, which is hard for newcomers to the sport like Lina Hessleman, and Tina Stutzke.

Competing in the all around means that the gymnast must have enough skills to compete on the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor and be able to go over the vault table.

Even more impressive, every gymnast earned one qualifier score on some event during the season. It is especially hard for first year gymnast to get a qualifying score and go to the regional meet.

To qualify on vault a gymnast must score at least a 7.9, the uneven bars is a 6.8, beam a 7.4, and for floor a gymnast needs a 7.8.

A nice treat for this team was to have the old gym all year. This means the team could leave their equipment set up all season, allowing the gymnasts to use the time they would usually spend setting up and tearing down equipment to work on upgraded skills.

This was not only good for the gymnasts, but the equipment, too. Moving the equipment around puts stress on the equipment and the gymnasts. During the moving of the mats they often can get ripped and broken.  This was not a problem this year.

At regionals the team was set back a bit due to difficult judging.

Even under tough judging the team did well placing fifth in the region.

One gymnast moved on to state, Brooke Neitzert was third on the balance beam qualifying her for the state meet.

Five gymnast will be graduating this year leaving the team with nine gymnast and any new gymnast for next year. The team will miss them but still be strong with the juniors Tara Davis and Sarah Odom.

 

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