1/24/2013 10:57:00 AM Chisago Lakes tops SLP in tune up
Chisago Lakes 125.550, St. Louis Park 113.850 Even without a strong meet, the Chisago Lakes gymnastics team was able to pounce on an undermanned St. Louis Park team and beat them handily for another North Suburban Conference win.
The Wildcats actually did start out behind when they only scored a 29.650 on the uneven bars despite having Nicole Bean back from injury. Only Sam Thomsen scored over a 7.5 in the event while the Orioles ran up a 31.800 on the vault. But, the meet took a swing in favor of the Wildcats when the two teams switched events.
Chisago Lakes had a great showing on the vault with all five girls scoring at least an 8.250 to tally 33.800 points. Alicia Sokol led the way with an 8.600, Thomsen had an 8.550, Reba Berg had an 8.350, Courtney Schlegel -- also back from the flu -- had an 8.300 while Betsy Howerton had the 8.250. Meanwhile, on the unevenbars, the Orioles only registered one score above a 6.2 and they only scored 24.475 points.
With that swing, the ‘Cats went from being down two points to up by seven. The meet was sealed in the third event when Chisago Lakes stretched their lead to 10 with a 31.900 on the floor exercise. Thomsen led the girls with an 8.325 and Berg, Sokol and Howerton were all a shade under eight for the event.
The girls finished the meet with a 30.200 on the balance beam. Thomsen scored a 7.925 and Berg had a 7.650 to lead them. Three Wildcats led the all-around, with Thomsen taking top honors with a score of 32.475. Berg had a personal best in the all-around with a 31.425 and Sokol scored a 30.650.
“It wasn’t our best meet of the year, but we are slowly putting new skills in to increase our scores,” Head Coach Brett Kjos said.
The girls will need the high scores soon. They will face a tough test in the Irondale/Spring Lake Park co-op on Thursday, Jan. 31. The Knights added a club gymnast to their team this year who has been the top girl in the conference this year. The Wildcats do have to take on Columbia Heights before then, however, but Heights barely breaks 100 in their scores, so that should afford Kjos another warm up meet to try out new skills.