Huron’s Hailey McCune competes on the bars during a triangular meet on Thursday at the Tiger Activity Center. In the next photo, Huron’s Jordan Waldner competes on the bars during a triangular meet against Britton-Hecla and Watertown on Thursday at the Tiger Activity Center. And next, Huron’s Deyona Little performs her bar routine during Thursday’s meet. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON ― The Huron Tiger gymnastic team returned to action Thursday night from nearly three weeks of no competition and showed few signs of rust.
Huron head coach Julie King was pleased with how her team returned to competition.
“I am really impressed with the girls,” said King. “They have had confident attitudes and have been working really hard. We will keep polishing those routines.”
The Tigers finished second in a triangular that featured gymnasts from Watertown and Britton-Hecla. King said that she came away from the meet with a good feeling but knows there are better scores and performances on the horizon.
“We had a great crowd tonight and I think the girls really fed off that,” said King.
Huron’s team score was almost three points better than the season opening triangular, finishing with a total score of 132.550.
That was less than three points behind Watertown which got an amazing performance from Krisia Bramer who posted an all-around score of 37.400 and had a high of 9.70 in the uneven bars. She followed that up by sweeping the rest of the events scoring a 9.550 on her floor exercise, 9.350 on the vault and 8.800 on the balance beam.
That aside the Tigers did turn in their fair share of solid performances including senior Haley McCune tieing Bramer for first in the balance beam.
McCune who finished second in the all-around with a total of 35.150 finished tied for second in the floor exercise with a 9.1 with Watertown’s Abby Cerny finishing third on the vault with a
score of 8.9 and fourth in the bars with a score of 8.350.
In fact with McCune’s second-place all-around effort Huron finished with five of the top-10 scores.
Coming sixth in the all-around was sophomore Sydney Shillingstad whose top performance came in the both the floor exercise as she finished fourth with a score of 8.600. She also finished fourth in the Balance beam with a score of 8.150 and was eighth in both the vault (8.350) and uneven bars (7.400). Her all-around total was 32.500.
Seventh in the all-around with a score of 32.200 was Huron’s freshman Deyona Little who finished second in the bars with a score of 8.700 and was seventh in the floor exercise posting a 8.400.
Junior Jordan Waldner was eighth in the all-around (31.650) as she was seventh in the bars (7.800), eighth in the floor exercise (8.350) and ninth in the vault (8.300).
She had an off night on the beam, an event she has already qualified individually for the state meet or she may have finished in the top-5 overall.
The Tigers as a whole are still a work in progress on the beam as they have yet to put it all together in one meet but King knows that there is time to reach that goal and it is best to be peaking at the right time.
Finishing 10th in the all-around was junior Allie Brink who finished tied for fifth in the floor exercise (8.550) and finished outside the top-10 in the other event but was solid enough in each to finish 10th. Her scores were 7.900 on the vault, 6.300 on the uneven bars and 7.800 on the balance beam.
One place where the Tigers showed improvement was on the uneven bars where according to King they have started using some more advanced skills.
It showed in the judges scores as Huron had five of the top-10 scores including Little’s 8.700 and McCune’s 8.350.
Similarly in the vault some new skills were on display and the Tigers held their own with three scores of 8.3 or better.
Britton-Hecla who finished third in the meet with 126.050 was led by Brook Skoglund who finished fourth in the all-around (33.250) and Whitney Bredvik who finished ninth (31.450).
Helping to hold off the Tigers for first-place was the Watertown’s Cerny who was third in the all-around (33.400) and Whitney Scott who was fifth (32.7).
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