18 January 2014

Gymnastics: A most narrow victory

Amanda Davenport
Farmington and Chaska/Chanhassen have had some hotly contested meets over the past couple of seasons but Friday night's 137.375-1375.25 Tiger win at Chanhassen may have set a new standard for closeness.

The Tigers finished first in three events and all-around to squeeze by the Stormhawks by a razor-thin one-eighth of a point.

"What a close meet!," Tiger coach Lynn Bauman said. "We are getting much steadier. Now it's crunch time. Time to keep it clean and, of course, "stick it."

Farmington's team point total was its highest of the 2013-14 season, a fraction higher than its 137.35 mark set two weeks ago at the Farmington Invitational.

Amanda Davenport had a big night for the winners at Chanhassen, capturing first place in vaulting (9.25), uneven bars (8.7) and all-around (35.725). Davenport also tied for second with teammate Rachel Kiminski on the beam with a score of 8.65.

Abby Schwartz provided the other Farmington first of the night with a win on the balance beam with an 8.7 mark.

Tahra Eckert also had a good night for the winners, taking third in both vault and all-around and ranking fifth in floor exercise.

Gina Mercurio finished fourth in vault and Schwartz placed fifth on the uneven bars.

The Tigers will be looking to move closer to the 140-point mark next Friday when they host Red Wing in a Missota Conference dual meet at the District Service Center.