Gymnastics: Three years later, Jondahl helps keep Elk win streak going

Kaylee Jondahl went 360 during her floor ex routine. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Kaylee Jondahl went 360 during her floor exercise routine. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The last time Kaylee Jondahl competed with Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman gymnastics, three years ago, the Elks had a 16-match winning streak going. When she rejoined the Elks this year, the streak was still alive, 33 and counting.

The Elks are 5-0 this year, with the streak now at 38, after Jondahl led a win over Anoka, 130.425 to  92.6, at home Wednesday evening.

Molly McChesney leapt during floor ex. She placed fourth. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Molly McChesney leapt during floor ex. She placed fourth. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“That’s exciting. It’s good to see the team kept it up,” said Jondahl, an ERHS senior who spent her sophomore and junior seasons with Twin Cities Twisters club.

She saw the girls every day in school and followed how they were doing, and saw a few meets when they didn’t conflict with  TCT practices.

Jondahl won all the events and totaled 37.9 points in the Anoka dual. Elk senior Jess Sadlowsky was next with 31.475 points and took second in both vault and floor.  Morgan Wallmow, Elk eighth-grader, was third all-around with 32.225.

Sadlowsky, a starter for three of the five seasons the streak covers, said the girls do pay attention to it.

“Oh, yes, we do. I don’t remember what it is exactly, but I know it’s a lot,” said Sadlowsky.

This largely a new Elks team. Of last year’s three team leaders, two graduated and one switched to dance team. There’s new coaches in Jackie Deiley and her sister Jenny as assistant.

Jess Sadlowsky was second all-around for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Jess Sadlowsky was second all-around for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Getting Jondahl back was a big boost, and many new faces on the roster have been contributing and getting better.

“We have a good team with good potential,” said Sadlowsky.

Jondahl, who placed fourth all-around at state her freshman year with the Elks, said she was a little fatigued after two years of the more hectic club schedule, and wanted to scale down.

“I love being back with the team and I enjoy representing Elk River,” said Jondahl. “Club was going great. I just thought I needed a change.”

Jondahl’s best event is floor, highlighted by the tremendous height she gets, especially on the double back. The Elks’ senior leader said she’s got a couple new skills in mind but for now is “just working on cleaning up my skills, getting them nice and neat, and making sure they’re clean.”

The Elks withheld missing six regulars for minor aches and pains for this meet. They have scored as high as 138 this year.

Next for the Elks is the Faribault Invitational on Saturday.

Elks 130.425, Anoka 92.6

Elk scores

All-around — Kaylee Jondahl 37.9, Jess Sadlowsky 31.475, Morgan Wallmow 31.225, Molly McChesney 29.45
Vault — Jondahl 9.5, Sadlowsky 8.625, Ashley Stewart8.225, McChesney 8.0, Wallmow 7.95
Uneven bars — Jondahl 9.55, Wallmow 7.85, Sadlowsky 7.0, Kaitlyn Dhooge 6.675, McChesney 6.65
Balance beam — Jondahl 9.2, Wallmow 7.75, Sadlowsky 7.25,  McChesney 6.675, Dhooge 6.425
Floor exercise — Jondahl 9.65, Sadlowsky 8.6, McChesney 8.125, Wallmow 7.65, Katie Hartneck 7.725