Sports have a pull which draws you in well after your competitive days, especially if you spent years honing the skills of the activity. So it was at the annual Bluejacket All-Around on Saturday where familiar faces were seen still supporting gymnastics.
C-I Activities director Mark Solberg shared that along with C-I Coach Wendy Rooney, two other former Bluejackets were coaching at the invite: Anna Solbrack (assisting for Moorhead) and Emily Vogelpohl (assisting at Princeton). “Triple” Bill Stickels, a longtime gymnastics/sports photographer, mentioned there were five other coaches in attendance who took part in the All-Around as high school athletes.
As Solberg said, “They’re giving back to the sport.”
For this year’s batch of Jackets, it was Hannah Haight leading the way by placing 9th with a 33.55 AA total at the showcase. Haight’s top event marks came on the Bars (8.55) and Floor (8.4). JV Beam worker Kayla Rakowiecki gave another highlight when she stuck her routine for an 8.7– the top C-I mark on the Beam.
More leading scores on other events came from Abby Schlenker (8.45 on the Vault) and Tori Nelson (8.85 on the Floor, 8.6 on the Beam).
Forest Lake’s Jessica Dhaene (36.05) and Lyndsey Anderson (34.9) placed 1st and 3rd at the All-Around, with Bloomington’s Alana Currin taking 2nd (35.05). C-I’s Section 7AA partner St. Francis was well-represented by Natalie Wasche (5th, 34.7) and Katie Bownik (7th, 34.5).
C-I 135.15, Monti 135.125
By the slimmest of margins, the Bluejackets jacked up their Mississippi record to 3-1 (5-1 in all duals) when they got past host Monticello Jan. 24– this after learning Molly Furlong was lost for the season (stress fracture) and top All-Arounder Kaeli Kortan injured her arm during a PE basketball game.
Nelson came through with an 8.8 to lead the team on the Vault against the Magic, and Haight followed with an 8.65 on the Bars. Five sticks on the Beam was a difference-maker, led by Nicole Morgan and Schlenker scoring 8.55. Larriane Acre-Kendall worked a team-high 8.95 on the Floor.