Gymnastics: Park finishes regular season with a win over Woodbury
As the Park gymnastics team sat and waited for their team score on Friday night, they were hoping to do something that hadn't been done since Alison Flaata became the Park head coach four years ago.
That was to break a score of 140.
When the announcer said Park's score of 140.725, the Wolfpack gymnasts, coaches and fans cheered as loud as they could. They had reached a goal the gymnasts set at the beginning of the season.
"Everyone had great performances, which allowed us to hit the 140 mark," Flaata said. "We had our varsity lineup back and healthy and that was great to see."
The Wolfpack have faced their fair share of injuries this season, which has hurt their team scores throughout the last month. This team score on Friday has built confidence in the girls at the right time just before sections next week.
It was a team effort for the Wolfpack to reach 140 as four gymnasts had a strong all-around on Friday.
Brenna Sommerland was the leading gymnast in all-around with a score of 35.9. Her best scores came from beam and floor as she stuck a beam score of 9.3 and a floor score of 9.
Mandy Hafner was right behind her with a score of 35.475. Her best scores came from vault and bars with scores of 9.55 in bars and 9.375 in vault.
"Brenna and Mandy have shown their leadership in the gym and around the school," Flaata said. "They know what it's like at this point in the season and they've been doing a great job with preparing the younger gymnasts to get ready for next week."
Leah Smith and Rachel Williamson rounded out the four all-around gymnasts on Friday as Smith scored a 34.75 and Williamson earned a 34.375.
Smith had strong scores from floor and beam with totals of 9.35 on the floor and 8.75 on the beam. Williamson had strong scores from vault and floor with totals of 9.225 on vault and 8.85 on floor.
Woodbury finished the night with a total team score of 132.7 as two all-around gymnasts had strong scores heading into sections next week.
The overall top gymnast for the Royals was Ella Endrizzi who scored a 33.825 with her two top scores coming from floor and beam. Her floor score was 8.675 and her beam score was 8.65.
Madi Simmers was right behind Endrizzi with a final score of 31.75 as her top two scores were from floor and vault. Her vault score was 8.675 and her floor score was 8.625.
This meet completes the regular season for the two teams as they both prepare for the Section 3AA girls gymnastics meet on Friday, Feb. 15 at Eastview High School starting at 6 p.m.
"This upcoming week we will be finding the little things in each routine to make sure we have the best score possible on Friday," Flaata said. "It should be a fun night with great routines."
The top overall team will advance to state the following week. As for individuals, it will be the top three all-around gymnasts as well as the following top three gymnasts in each event. Those individuals will compete on Feb. 22 and 23 at the University of Minnesota.