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Woodbury gymnastics: Royals score season-high in win over Hastings

A few small tweaks garnered big results for the Woodbury gymnastics team.

Woodbury scored a season-best 132.350 to earn its first Suburban East Conference win of the season - over Hastings, which scored 122.350.

"Our team went up by four points from the last meet by fixing the little things that we needed to fix," Woodbury head coach Julie Dornseif said. "This was a meet we needed to win to build that confidence. We have great talent, it's just putting it all together and having that confidence."

Woodbury is fielding a youthful roster this season, with only two seniors on the roster - Megan George and Maddy Haut.

"I gave the kids a pep talk before the meet telling them if you believe you can do it, you can achieve it tonight," Dornseif said. "They all had this winning attitude and they went out and were on fire."

Freshman MacKenzie Beck led the way for the Royals in the meet with an impressive 34.6 all-around score. Beck placed first on the bars (8.675) first on the beam (8.575) and scored an 8.9 on vault and an 8.5 in the floor exercise. Unfortunately, Beck suffered a knee injury during her final event that Dornseif was concerned about.

"We heard a pop so she may end up being out for the season, which would be a huge blow to the team," Dornseif said. "She is one of the anchors for the team."

Seventh-grader Allison Trebesch, who is Dornseif's daughter, also made a leap forward in the meet. Trebesch finished second in the all-around with a 34.025, winning floor exercise with an 8.75 and taking first in the vault with a huge 9.325. In addition, sophomore Maddie Pearson earned third place in the all-around with a 33.25, taking second place on the bars (8.4) and third place in the floor exercise (8.350).

Dornseif also coaches Woodbury's Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association (MAGA) team for 7 to 14 year olds.

"My system is working," Dornseif said. "Kids that came from my MAGA program are now an asset for our high school team. I knew in a few years the hard work from our MAGA team program would eventually help our high school team, which after last night's performance was proof."

Woodbury has improved its score in each meet thus far, scoring 128.3 in meet No. 1 and 128.95 in No. 2. Next, Woodbury plays host to Stillwater on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Woodbury High School. The meet starts at 6:30 p.m.

"These kids continue to amaze me every week," Dornseif said. "I am truly proud and blessed to coach this team, every day I can't wait to get into the gym to work with them. It also helps having a great coaching staff, my assistants are talented and I'm very proud to have such a great staff that gives to these kids 100 percent at every practice to help them succeed."