Although the Aberdeen gymnastics team started slowly in its top two events, the Golden Eagles pulled through with a respectable team score.
Aberdeen totaled 130.05 points at a home dual meet with Jamestown on Thursday to open the season. Jamestown won the event with 137.15 points.
One of our top goals was to get at least 130 points as a team, which we did, said Allison Marnette, the only senior on the Aberdeen gymnastics team. Everybody had individual goals but we wanted to be united as a team. For a lot of people, the first meet is nerve racking but I think it went really well.
Aberdeen coach Jen Deutsch was concerned after the Golden Eagles did not score well in their first event, the vault.
There were a lot of form issues and landings issues. We had falls. That's not like us on vault, she said. Vault is usually pretty strong for us and I thought we started out pretty weak on vault.
Sophomore Taylor Schweitzer topped the field in the vault with a score of 9.20.
The second event was the floor, another strong event for Aberdeen.
It started off shaky but the girls brought it up in the end. We definitely can be stronger on floor. That's exciting and hopeful. Floor went OK, said Deutsch.
Aberdeen's top competitor was Hannah Langbehn in fourth with an 8.85.
The balance beam was the third event.
We had too many falls. Jenny Janish stuck her beam and got second place. Her routine is very nice. Overall, we had too many bobbles and falls, said Deutsch.
Janish's score was 8.80.
The Eagles finished up on the uneven bars.
That is our weaker event, said Deutsch. We have been working hard on bars to get more requirements in there and get stronger. This first meet we played it safe and didn't do some release moves and some skills that we are working on.
Once again, Janish topped Aberdeen with an 8.10 for third.
I saw some areas for improvement in all events, said Deutsch. That gets me excited for what we hope to accomplish for the rest of the season.
Mercedes Westereng of Jamestown won the all around competition with a score of 36.30. Aberdeen's Janish was second at 33.85. Erin Punt of Warner placed sixth in the all around at 32.15.
In its next action, Aberdeen will host the 12-team Hub City Invitational on Dec. 10 beginning at noon. The Jamestown Dual and the Hub City Invitational are the only home meets on the schedule this season.
Team Points: Jamestown 137.15, Aberdeen 130.05, Warner Inc.