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In the win over the Tigers, Becker gymnast Riley Norberg performs her Beam routine while coach Brent Woullet keeps a close eye on her routine. (Submitted photo.)

Bulldog gymnasts crush Tigers, finish 3rd at Hornet Classic

Last week was a successful one for the Becker Bulldog gymnastics team, as they picked up a Mississippi 8 Conference win over the Princeton Tigers and then performed well at the Hornet Classic Invite against some of the top competition in the state.


In last Tuesday’s win over Princeton, Becker dominated the events and had the top four finishers in the All-around competition en route to a 135.85 to 113.575 victory.

“We dominated the meet and took full advantage of the opportunity to add in some new difficulty the girls had been working on over break,” Head Coach Kayla Kalinowski said. “Riley Norberg led the team, winning every event as well as the all-around to finish with a 35.925.”

In addition to taking the top four finishes in the all-around, Becker also placed in the top three in each of the other events. 

Lauren Woelfel, Sarah Woelfel, and Theresa Johnson completed the sweep of the all-around, finishing second through fourth, respectively. 

On the vault, Norberg scored a 9.15 to claim the top spot, while Sarah Woelfel notched an 8.875 and Tessa Maruska was third with a score of 8.65.

On the bars, Norberg posted an 8.35, followed by Sarah (8.35) and Lauren Woelfel (8.25). The order of finish was the same for the Floor, with the three girls posting scores of 9.125, 8.625 and 8.6.

The Bulldogs had a strong meet overall on the Beam, with Norberg (9.3), Lauren (9.15) and Sarah (7.5) claiming the top three spots.

Hornet Classic

Last Saturday, the girls faced some of the top competition in the state at the Hornet Classic and came away with a respectable fifth place finish.

“There were many top 10 ranked teams in the state at this meet, and it is fun to see where we match up against them,” Kalinowski said. “The girls held their own even with multiple gymnasts out and some coming back from injuries.”

Overall, Becker posted a score of 136.45.

“We started on floor and unfortunately lost senior Theresa Johnson to injury for the rest of the meet,” Kalinowski said. “The girls had to step up and help fill even more holes.”

Norberg had a particularly strong meet with multiple top 10 finishes, including second place finishes on vault (9.5) and beam (9.35) as well as a fourth place finish in the all-around (36.3).

Overall, Kalinowski was happy with the way the girls competed and showed grit and determination when faced with adversity.

“They came together and put many of their new upgrades in to continue to rock the meet,” Kalinowski said. “They improved on Tuesday’s meet by sticking six of eight beam routines to close out the meet.”

The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Chisago Lakes in a conference matchup Thursday evening.  Look for results in next week’s Patriot.