RAPID CITY - Aberdeen gymnast Taylor Schweitzer placed third in the vault at the Rapid City Gym-O-Rama.
The freshman gymnast scored a 9.275 in the vault to place third at the meet which included eight teams. Rapid City Central claimed the team title with 143.025 points. Sioux Falls Roosevelt followed with 135.825. Aberdeen turned in a score of 126.20 for sixth place.
Taylor was a highlight, said Aberdeen coach Jen Deutsch. We don't usually see the west river judges until we get to state. This is a road trip and a long weekend but this is the only chance to see those judges. We expected the judging to be tough. I'm pleased with some of the scores we got.
The Golden Eagles also had a place winner in the uneven bars. Freshman Jenny Janish posted a score of 8.275 to finish eighth in the bars.
Aberdeen gained a gymnast as freshman Alexis Clark returned to action after an ankle injury. She competed in the uneven bars and balance beam.
Jenny had a good routine on bars. Alexis trained all of last week and we used her on bars and beam. She stuck her beam routine. It's good to get her back. Allison Marnette and Larissa Swanson, our two all arounders, did well. Everyone else held their own, said Deutsch.
Aberdeen will compete at a Huron Triangular on Thursday along with Watertown.
Team Points: Rapid City Central 143.025, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 135.825, Sioux Falls Lincoln 132.9, Sioux Falls O'Gorman 131.575, Pierre 128.55, Aberdeen 126.20, Sioux Falls Washington 97.025, Rapid City Stevens 32.975.
Aimee Padgett: uneven bars 7.45.
Alexis Clark: uneven bars 7.75, balance beam 7.25.
Allison Marnette: uneven bars 7.475, balance beam 7.45, floor exercise 7.3, vault 8.25, all around 30.475.
Ashley Dean: uneven bars 7.275, floor exercise 8.175, vault 8.1.
Brooke Horner: balance beam 6.275, floor exercise 7.525, vault 7.9.
Hannah Langbehn: floor exercise 7.75, vault 8.3.
Jenny Janish: uneven bars 8th 8.275, balance beam 6.625.
Larissa Swanson: uneven bars 7.275, balance beam 7.325, floor exercise 6.7, vault 8.45, all around 29.75.
Taylor Schweitzer: balance beam 7.5, floor exercise 8.0, vault 3rd 9.275.
Watertown Invitational on Saturday
Erin Punt: floor exercise 8.45, vault 8.25, uneven bars 6.975, balance beam 6.975, all around 30.65.