First Meet of the Season for Girls’ Gymnastics


Antonio Ruiz

Team Handstands at Practice

Josie Zbacnik, Sports Writer

On Tuesday, December 12th, the Gymnastic team had their first meet of the season against Eastview. Energy levels were high throughout all eight rotations. Shannon McCoy, one of the four captains, says she was impressed that, “everyone one was cheering the entire meet.” Eagan Varsity competed in four out the eight rotations. They competed on vault during the second rotation, bar on the third rotation, beam on the sixth rotation, and floor on the seventh rotation. Junior Varsity competed during the rest of the rotations.

Both Captain McCoy and Coach Shelly Eklund agree that the team needs to improve on beam. Captain Mccoy has a personal goal of, “sticking her landings on beam,” while Coach Eklund explained for their next meet they will be, “focusing more on beam,” and went on to say, “we had a tough day on beam, so we will focus on cleaning up routines and trying to just stay on the balance beam.”

On the other hand our girls excellenced on floor, receiving some of the highest scores of the night. Their average scores were between 7.9 to 9.65. Teagan Ramboldt received the highest on floor of a 9.65, which was also the highest score for Eagan out of all for events. Though Rambolt wasn’t the only one to break 9.0, a total of three girls broke 9.0 during an event, including Rambolt, Captain McCoy and Mallory Shogren.

The athletes kept a positive attitude during the meet and many had scores ranging between a 7.0 – 8.5. As coach Eklund explained, “It was the first meet of the season so it’s good to get an idea of what the kids can do and what we need to work on. We had some good performances and some areas that needed improvement but it’s the beginning of the season and there’s no direction to go but up.” She later described the team as, “A great group of girls, who are hard workers, fun, and talented.” In the end Captain McCoy was proud of her teammates for, “going out there and doing skills that they haven’t done in a while and trying their hardest.”