05 January 2014

Gymnastics: Higher score...even with falls

Tahra Eckert 9th in vault (photo by J. Lindquist)
The Tigers raised their team score three points from their last outing and finished right in the middle of a 15-team field at Saturday's Faribault Invitational.

Defending Class AA state runner-up Northfield successfully defended its 2013 Faribault title with a winning score of 150.45. Austin came in a distant second at 147.1, followed by Winona 142.3, Rosemount 141.95, Cambridge-Isanti 140.05, Owatonna 136.25, Farmington 135.25, Faribault 135.15, Forest Lake 133.15. Martin County 129.4, Waseca 128.65, Rochester Century 127.05, Rochester Mayo 123.9, Breck 123.15 and Rochester John Marshall 114.96.

Farmington's score was its second highest of the season and 3.1 points above what it scored in its last meet of 2013. The score would have been even higher were it not for 10 costly falls.

"Even with all of the falls we had a good day," coach Lynn Bauman said. "We lost six points to falls. Crazy...

"We can clean those up and we will. The girls are working really hard."

Tahra Eckert was the only Tiger to place among the top 10 individuals in an event, ranking ninth in vault with a score of 9.35.

Other top Farmington scores of the meet:

Vault: Abby Schwartz, 9.0; Racquel Beckett, 8.85
Uneven Bars: Amanda Davenport, 8.8; Kiminski, 8.0
Balance Beam: Eckert, 8.9; Kiminski,  8.45
Floor Exercise: Kathryn Beckett, 8.7; Kiminski, 8.6
All-Around: Eckert, 33.35; Davenport, 33.70; Schwartz, 33.30