10 December 2013

Gymnastics: A step forward at Becker

Kylie Wharton (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington finished third in an eight-team field at the Becker Invitational held Saturday at the Becker Field House.

Individual places were not kept but Tiger coach Lynn Bauman was happy with her team's score increase from last week's 123.8 performance at the Winter Warm-Up in Austin. This week's total jumped to 132.1.

Melrose posted the highest score of the meet wit a 144.8 point total, followed by Willmar 135.5, Farmington 132.1, St. Michael Albertville 123.2, Becker 119.5, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 114.4, Sauk Rapids-Rice 114.25 and Columbia Heights 95.95.

"We are improving but still have a lot of room to improve," Bauman said. "I was happy with everyone on Saturday."

Bauman was especially pleased with Kylie Wharton's season debut on the balance beam, an event in which she ranked seventh at last year's state meet.

"Kylie had an amazing first showing," Bauman said.

The Tiger junior varsity finished second among five teams with a team score of 119.0.

Thursday the Tigers make the short trip to Lakeville to take on perennial state power North.