Gymnastics: Unbeaten Elks beat Cardinals with season-high 142.175

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Led by Kaylee Jondahl’s best performance as an Elk, the unbeaten Elk River-Roger-Zimmerman gymnasts scored a season-best in defeating the Coon Rapids Cardinals 142.175 to 114.725 Thursday evening.

Krista Kovar had her best meet with 35xxx points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Krista Kovar had her best meet with 35.325 points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

In their final home meet, the Elks, 7-0 in duals, got over 140 for the first time in 10 outings, counting multi-school meets.

“The beauty of it is, we’ve still got plenty of room for improvement,” said coach Jackie Deiley.

Jondahl rolled up a 38.575 total, just .1 behind the 38.675 scored by Northfield’s Bailey Dupay on Tuesday. Those two are 1-2 in the Star-Tribune metro honor roll.

The fluid, high-flying Jondahl had season-bests on vault (9.65), bars (9.7) and beam (9.6).

Krista Kovar was next with a personal-best 35.325. Kovar had been limited to one or two events in recent meets due to a back problem, but came back stronger than before.

Katie Fleck was a strong third on the team with 34.xxx points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Katie Fleck was a strong third on the team with 34.375 points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Katie Fleck gave the Elks a third strong all-around of 34.375 despite one fall on beam.
Next for the Elks is a dual next Friday at Centennial, which is the last team to beat them in a dual meet, over four years ago (December of 2008).

Elk scores

All-around — Kaylee Jondahl 38.575, Krista Kovar 35.325, Katie Fleck 34.375

Vault —Jondahl 9.65, Fleck 8.85, Jess Sadlowsky 8.6, Lindsey Koosman 8.475, Kovar 8.45

Uneven bars — Jondahl 9.7, Kovar 9.05, Fleck 8.35, Morgan Wallmow 8.125, Koosman 7.9

Balance beam —Jondahl 9.6, Kovar 8.95, Sadlowsky 8.5, Fleck 8.15, Corryn Stelflug 7.7

Floor exercise — Jondahl 9.625, Fleck 9.025, Kovar 8.875, Sadlowsky 8.6,  Kendra Hambelton 8.55

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