Jefferson gymnasts set more records, top Whippets

January 19, 2019

JEFFERSON — The Jefferson gymnastics team set seven personal records against visiting Whitewater in a Southern Lakes Conference dual meet on Thursday won by the Eagles 124.225-121.725.

Jefferson started on the vault and posted a season-high mark of 32.975.

Junior Alexis Nguyen had a personal-best score of 7.825. Junior Marley Harstford scored 8.05 with a half on half off handspring vault. Senior Taylor Steinhorst scored 8.45 with a handspring vault. Junior Kayla Gehrmann scored 8.65, a personal record.

Gehrmann won the vault and Steinhorst took second place.

“As a team we were pleased with our vaulting but there is still some work needed with sticking the landings,” Jefferson gymnastics coach Charles Fischer said.

Jefferson moved to the uneven bars and scored 28.475.

Gehrmann scored 7.8 to take first place and Steinhorst scored 7.35 which placed her third. Harstford scored 7.175 and Nguyen scored 6.15.

“This week we are going to try working a release move with Nguyen to see if we can increase her score some more,” Fischer said.

The Eagles next competed on the balance beam and scored 30.15.

Gehrmann scored 7.95 and Steinhorst scored 7.55. Nguyen was next in line with a score of 7.4 followed by Harstford with a score of 7.25.

“This was one of our better beam sets with fewer falls than we have had in the last few meets,” Fischer said. “We are looking at moving some of Gehrmann’s skills around to try and improve her routine by staying on the beam and increasing her score.”

Jefferson closed out the competition on the floor exercise and scored a season-high total of 32.625.

Gehrmann scored 8.65 to win the event and Steinhorst scored 8.525 to place second.

In the all-around competition, Gehrmann scored 33.05 to take first place and Steinhorst scored 31.875 to finish second.

The meet served as Parents Night and Senior Night for Jefferson.

Jefferson competes on Saturday at the Watertown Invitational beginning at 11 a.m.