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Gymnastics: Worthington gymnasts win again

CALEB NELSON/DAILY GLOBE Worthington freshman Liz Hayenga performs her balance beam routine during the Trojans’ regular season finale Monday at the Armory. The Trojans will compete in the Section 3A meet Saturday in Marshall.


WORTHINGTON — In a consistent gymnastics effort to round out the regular season Monday, Worthington swept up Redwood Valley with individuals occupying the top three spots in all events.

The Trojans outscored Redwood Valley 139.1 to 113.525, captured their first Southwest Conference championship in a long time and finished the regular season at a perfect 12-0 all on the same night.

“We’re conference champions for the first time in about 10 years, so there’s really nothing else to say other than I’m excited and am very proud of each one of the girls,” Trojans head coach Joni Reitmeier said.

Seventh-grader Taylor Eggers won the vaulting competition with a 9.125 and was second (8.45) behind senior Paige Kinley (8.75) on uneven parallel bars. Maria Contreras claimed seconds on vault (9.1) and floor exercise (9.15) while earning third on bars (7.875) and beam (8.425). Liz Hayenga, a freshman, was third on vault (8.95) and second on beam (8.675). Senior Paige Kinley was first in three events including beam (9.05), floor (9.325) and bars.

In the all-around, Kinley claimed a 36.05 for first, Contreras (34.55) was second and Hayenga (34.15) was third.

In the junior varsity competition, the Trojans scored a 113.575. Redwood Valley did not field a junior varsity team.

Rachel Spartz won the junior varsity vault (8.625), bars (6.25) and all-around (29.225). Kourtney Bauman won floor exercise (7.85) and Claire Ludes (7.325) won balance beam.

The Trojans’ varsity team will travel to Marshall Saturday for the Section 3A meet. The goals for her team Saturday are simple. She hopes all five of her varsity gymnasts show up to work hard, compete and let the results be what they will be.

Gymnastics action begins at noon Saturday at Marshall High School.

“It has just been a consistent team effort all the way around and it has been exciting to see the girls do that day in and day out,” Reitmeier said. “I’m looking for us to go five-for-five on each of the events (at Sections) and do our thing.

“But at the end of the day, I want us to hold our heads up high and leave Marshall knowing we did our best. No matter the outcome, I’ll be proud of these girls.”