MARSHALL - It took about a third of the season for the Marshall gymnastics team to crack the 100-point mark last year. It only took one meet to acheive that mark this season.
Facing a tough Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg team, the Tigers fell well short of winning their season opener on Thursday, as they lost 121.13 to 101.475. But with a roster loaded with freshmen and seventh- and eighth-graders, Marshall head coach Lindsay Wolff said it was an encouraging way for her team to open the season.
"We definitely saw some nerves. ... It's nice to start with 101. It's a starting point," she said. "Now we have our goals set and we can see what the rest of the season has to bring."
Photo by Matt Dahlseid
Marshall gymnast Natalie Rademacher strikes a final pose to conclude her floor exercise routine during Thursday’s dual meet against Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. She scored a 6.30 on the event and had a team-best all-around score of 27.00.
Benson/KMS took the top three spots in all four of the events and in the all-around. Megan Osterbauer won both the vault (8.35) and the beam (7.8), and finished first in the all-around with a score of 31.05.
The Tigers had their highs and lows in the different events. They had their best cumulative score in the vault (31.825), while the uneven bars was by far the team's weakest event (17.25).
"We knew we were going to be shaky on some events, like bars," Wolff said. "I was really impressed with beam, only having seven falls through the whole varsity. They really stepped it up there. Floor we had a couple of bobbles, but we made it through."
Benson/KMS 121.13, Marshall 101.475
Marshall Individual Results
Vault: Nicole Deragisch 8.1, Meg Ellis 8.1, Hailey Aguirre 7.85, Ella Kovash 7.775, Natalie Rademacher 7.625.
Uneven Bars: Rademacher 6.5, Ellis 4.25, Deragisch 3.65, Aguirre 2.85.
Balance Beam: Ellis 6.75, Rademacher 6.575, Deragisch 6.4, Kova sh 5.725, Aguirre 5.6.
Floor Exercise: Rademacher 7.55, Deragisch 7.2, Rademacher 6.3, Aguirre 5.9, Ellie Nordin 5.75.
All-Around: Rademacher 27.0, Ellis 26.65, Deragisch 25.35, Aguirre 22.2.
Marshall was led by freshmen Natalie Rademacher and Meg Ellis, and eighth-grader Nicole Deragisch. Rademacher scored a 6.5 in the uneven bars, which helped her have a team-best all-around score of 27.0. Deragisch and Ellis each scored 8.1 on the vault, with Ellis finishing with a 26.65 all-around score and Deragisch scoring a 25.35.
"Natalie, Meg and Nicole led us tonight and really stepped it up," Wolff said. "Natalie nailed her bar routine and that helped us out tremendously because bars is our weak event. In the vault, I was really impressed with all of them. We had a couple of small steps on some landings, but for the most part, from what they did in practice, they really stepped it up when it was time to compete."
The Tigers are right back in action on Saturday when they take part in the Mankato East Invite. They will then head to Worthington next Thursday for a dual.