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Jefferson gymnasts top Hornets

December 20, 2018

JEFFERSON — Eight personal records were set during Jefferson’s 121.26-100.80 win over Markesan in the first home gymnastics meet of the season on Tuesday.

The Eagles started on vault with a season high score of 31.90.

Junior Alexis Nguyen set a personal record with her handspring vault with a score of 7.55. Freshman Eden Harstford set a PR with a half on, half off vault for a score of 7.55. Junior Marley Harstford tied her PR of 7.7 with a half on, half off vault. Senior Taylor Steinhorst set a PR with her score of 8.5 with her vault of a half on, half off vault and a first-place finish. Junior Kayla Gehrmann scored an 8.15 for second place.

The next rotation for the Eagles was the uneven bars. The team scored a 28.9 with the team sweeping the top three spots for the event and setting two PRs.

Gehrmann took first place with a score of 8.2, hitting the straddle cut catch with a one-half turn. Steinhorst took second with a score of 7.5, Marley Harstford score a 6.65 for third place. Eden Harstford set a PR with a score of 6.550. Nguyen also set a PR with a score of 5.50.

“There is room for a lot of improvement on the bars, in trying to remove extra swings, and breaks in the routine,” Jefferson gymnastics coach Charlie Fischer said.

From the uneven bars the Eagles moved to the balance beam where the team scored a 31.250. That included three no-fall routines and two new PRs. Gehrman scored an 8.5 along with a no-fall routine for first place. She was followed by Steinhorst who scored an 8.15 and Marley Harstford with a 7.35 for third place and another no fall routine. Nguyen set a new PR with her score of 7.25 and the third no fall routine for the team. Eden Harstford scored a new PR with her score of 6.05.

“This was one of the best beam routine sets in the last couple of years with the number of no fall routines,” Fischer said. “We still need to work on the connections along with the wobbles that did not result in a fall.”

The Eagles’ final rotation was the floor exercise.

Nguyen scored a 6.3 with a clean routine that coaches said has potential to improve as the season develops and she works on new tumbling skills. Eden Harstford set a PR on the event with a score of 6.55.

“Her routine improved from our first meet and the score showed it,” Fischer said.

Marley Harstford scored a 6.8. Steinhorst took third place with a score of 7.50 and Gehrmann scored 8.35 with a score of 8.15.

“On floor, there are some minor tweaks we need to do in the choreography to balance out the difficulty to take the maximum advantage of the skills on how it will balance out in the routine,” Fischer said.

Nguyen set a PR as an all-around with a score of 26.65. Eden Harstford’s score of 26.7 was her new PR. Marley Harstford scored a 28.5, Steinhorst scored 31.65 for a second-place finish and Gehrmann scored a 33.2 for a first-place finish.

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