Gymnastics: Elks struggle at Faribault meet except on bars
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Elk River-Zimmerman-Rogers gymnasts did not have a good performance except for uneven bars at the Faribault Invitational on Saturday.
“We did not do well as a team — six falls on beam, two falls on vault, four falls on floor,” said coach Jenn Bartlett, “but we rocked bars. The day was long and disappointing until the girls got a last wind and asked if we could switch it up for bars.”
Going in reverse order, the Elks seemed to have renewed energy. Sabrina Hoover went first instead of last and turned in her best routine of the season, scoring 9.5 to win the event. Alex Felt scored 8.25, Alana Embury 8.20, Alyssa Walton 8.10 (first time over eight) and Jess Sadlowsky 7.50. Only Hoover placed in the top 10, however.
The Elks placed sixth among 16 teams. Hoover was seventh all-around, with four falls, scoring 35.50. Due to illness and injury, the Elk varsity took just five girls.
Defending state Class AA champion Northfield won the meet with 145.85 points, followed by Cambridge-Isanti with 146.85 and Park-Cottage Grove with 142.88. Anna Solbrack of Cambridge-Isanti was all-around champion with 37.150.
Meanwhile, six Elk junior varsity girls went to a Monticello meet and one went home ill. Ali Grillo tied for first place all-around.
“We are hoping for a healthier week,” said Bartlett.
The Elks, unbeaten in dual meets, have a meet at Osseo on Wednesday, 6 p.m.