Hurtgen leads gymnasts past Reedsburg
REEDSBURG — Watertown freshman Meghan Hurtgen won three out of four events en route to the all-around title, leading the Gosling gymnasts to a 124.500-110.875 Badger Conference win over Reedsburg on Tuesday.
Hurtgen won the balance beam (8.550), uneven bars (8.150) and floor exercise (8.950) while placing second on the vault (8.350) to earn the top all-around score of 34.000.
Watertown began on the uneven bars and scored 30.3. Finishing behind Hurtgen were sophomore Lauren Marks (7.6), junior Mia Ashenfelter (7.450), sophomore Ashley Campbell (7.1) and freshman Rachel Sprenger (6.150).
“We started on bars and it was so nice to have Ashenfelter back with her consistent routine and score,” Watertown co-gymnastics coach Jenna Wendt said.
“Sprenger got her personal best on bars and so did Hurtgen. Campbell has a nice score without her high superior uprise in, we hope to add it back for Saturday.
“Hurtgen also put in her bail release move and I know she was extremely nervous but I’m very proud of her and her score can only go up from here. I was super happy with our performance on bars tonight.”
Watertown competed next on the vault and scored 33.50.
Freshman Lauryn Olson won the event with an 8.650 score, followed by Hurtgen, junior Julie Walther (8.3), Sprenger (8.2) and Campbell (7.950).
“We went to vault next where Walter with a super high and clean half on half off and Olson with a half on and full off with the best form of the year got personal best scores,” Wendt said. “We were so happy for both of the girls and Sprenger and Hurtgen both had awesome vaults tonight too. Vault went fabulous.”
The Goslings then went on to the floor exercise and scored 33.050.
Hurtgen earned an 8.9 from one judge and a 9.0 from the other for her 8.95 score. Olson (8.50), Ashenfelter (7.950), sophomore Karleigh Jacobs (7.5) and Marks (7.250) also competed for Watertown.
“The girls kept up the good vibes all the way through floor and had the whole crowd watching them,” Wendt said.
“Even Reedsburg was cheering them on. It was so sweet to see. Hurtgen tied her personal best score from last week but Olson came out with a bang and a new personal best.
“Olson had a little freak accident the night before at practice so we were not really sure how she would perform but she looked great tonight.
“Ashenfelter is getting back into the swing after being off for a while and I know she’s ready to get her 8 back on floor. Jacobs and Marks had fun and emerge routines they are just working on their form and getting full credit.”
Watertown closed out the meet on the balance beam and scored 27.650.
Aside from Hurtgen’s winning 8.550, the rest of the Goslings struggled. Marks (6.450), Olson (6.350), Ashenfelter (6.3) and Jacobs (6.150) all competed for Watertown.
“Last, we competed beam and that’s where we fell apart,” Wendt said.
“We took 10 falls which is five points and that’s a hard one to swallow. Clearly they just did not do enough beam sets and full routines but we will fix that for Saturday. Hurtgen had a nice routine but did have one fall which would have put her at a 9.05 if she stayed on. She’s so close to that 9.”
Watertown junior Morgan Ellsworth did not compete but is expected back when the Goslings host the Watertown Invitational on Saturday.
“The girls have all come so far but I can’t wait to see what we can do individually and as a team,” Wendt said.
JV wins: Watertown’s junior varsity defeated Reedsburg 108 to 96.3. Freshman Ella Faltersack won the all-around title with a 25.350. Sprenger won the balance beam (7.1). Marks won the vault (7.8). Olson won the uneven bars (6.0).