TAGS South teams first at Fall Tune Up

The TAGS South Level 4 and 5 teams took first place at the Sept. 20 Fall Tune Up in Waconia. Coaches attending the competition were Troy Fuchs, Meghan Hargens, Kassandra Long and Carrie Neumann.

The Level 4 team took first place as a team on balance beam. Annalise Gerlach of Prior Lake took first (8.975). Jaeleigh Eklund of Burnsville placed second (8.950) and Haley Schwantes of Lakeville placed third (8.800).

The Level 4s also took first in floor. Abby Kvale of Lakeville tumbled to a first-place individual finish (8.95). Lucy Penttila of Inver Grove Heights placed second (8.925). Eklund placed first in her age group (8.800).

As a team, the Level 4s took second place on vault. Kvale won a second-place medal (8.700). Gerlach received second place in her age group (8.450) and Penttila rounded out the top three with a third-place finish (8.400).

On the uneven bars, the Level 4s placed first as a team and both Gerlach and Penttila earned a first-place finish (9.250). Schwantes finished with a second place (9.025).

In the all-around, Gerlach, Kvale and Penttila rose to the top of the podium as the all-around champions within their age groups. Both Ava Jackson of Lakeville and Schwantes finished in second place and Eklund cruised into third place in the all-around.

The following Level 4 gymnasts qualified for the Minnesota State Championships in December: Eklund, Gerlach, Emma Hoffacker of Lakeville, Ava Jackson of Lakeville, Jayci James of Eagan, Darcy Lindquist of Farmington, Lucy Miller of Prior Lake, Julia Neuenschwander of Lakeville, Keira Peitersen of Apple Valley, Penttila and Schwantes.

Also competing for TAGS South were: Katie Byer of Lakeville, Ava Davidson of Hastings, Jayna James of Eagan, Aubrie Pearson of Cannon Falls, Mia Richards of Farmington, Alana Savian of Rosemount, Sophia Savian of Rosemount, and Amelia Sell of Rosemount.

The Level 5 team began the meet with a first place on floor exercise led by Athena Zahn of Apple Valley (8.850) with a first-place finish. Taylor McLean of Rosemount (8.550) earned a second-place finish. Alexa Erzar of Rosemount rounded out the top three (8.400).

Nadia Eckert of Lakeville (9.025) and Carys Sundberg of Eagan (9.000) both finished in second place on vault. Finishing in third place was Zahn (8.975).

The Level 5s swept the podium on uneven bars with Zahn in first (8.825), Emily Renn of Eagan in second (8.800) and Erzar in third (8.500).

On balance beam, the team took first place led by McLean with a first-place finish (9.225), Zahn in second (9.150) and Maurine Lockwood of Minneapolis flying into a second-place finish in her age group (8.825).

Zahn and Lockwood dominated the meet with a first place in the all-around. Erzar and Ashtyn Gagner of Farmington battled their way into second place, and McLean slid into third.

The following Level 5 gymnasts qualified for the Minnesota State Championships in December: Eckert, Erzar, Gagner, Lockwood, McLean, Renn, Abby Sherman of Lakeville, Sundberg, Zahn, and Madison Zoellner of Lakeville.

Levels 4 and 5 will compete next at the FLIPS Fall Hoe Down, hosted by FLIPS Gymnastics at North St. Paul High School on Sunday, Oct. 4.