Waseca squeezes by MCA

WASECA – Madeline Swain and Caleigh Dennis produced a 2-3 finish in the all-around competition to help the Waseca Bluejays squeeze by the Martin County Area Magic, 131.475-131.075, Friday night during a South Central Conference gymnastics dual meet in Waseca.

Swain, who produced three top-three showings in the individual competition, generated 33.85 points to claim runner-up honors in the all-around. Dennis, who netted third place on the vault, captured third place in the all-around with a 32.525.

Waseca’s Sadie Klug chalked up an 8.975 score to win the balance beam competition – the only event not captured by Martin County Area junior standout Rebecca Steen.

Steen produced 34.75 points to earn top all-around accolades on the strength of three individual victories. The Magic co-captain edged teammate Martha Olson for the No. 1 point total on the vault, 9.2-8.825, in a battle of Tsuks.

Steen also edged teammate Sydney Leichtnam for top honors on the uneven parallel bars – 8.1-8.0, while capturing the floor exercise crown with a 9.2-scored performance.

Brooklyn Leichtnam generated the Magic’s other top-three performance by netting second place behind Klug with an 8.8.

Swain scored an 8.95 to take second on the floor, while Bluejay teammate Marina Chen placed third on the event with an 8.525. Swain also placed third on the unevens (7.9) and third on the balance beam (8.75).

Martin County Area plays host to the South Central Conference Meet at 6 p.m. next Friday night in Welcome.


Waseca 131.475, MCA 131.075

All-Around: 1. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 34.75; 2. Madeline Swain (W) 33.85; 3. Caleigh Dennis (W) 32.525.

Vault: 1. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 9.2; 2. Martha Olson (MCA) 8.825; 3. Caleigh Dennis (W) 8.8.

Other MCA scores: Kersten Shantz 7.9; Maggie Bachenberg 7.875; Sydney Leichtnam 7.5.

Uneven Parallel Bars: 1. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 8.1; 2. Sydney Leichtnam (MCA) 8.0; 3. Madeline Swain (W) 7.9.

Other MCA scores: Andrea Thate 7.7; Kayla Shantz 6.7; Lexy Ringnell 6.225.

Balance Beam: 1. Sadie Klug (W) 8.975; 2. Brooklyn Leichtnam (MCA) 8.8; 3. Madeline Swain (W) 8.75.

Other MCA scores: Rebecca Steen 8.25; Maggie Bachenberg 7.875; Jenna Steele 7.825; Sydney Leichtnam 7.35.

Floor Exercise: 1. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 9.2; 2. Madeline Swain (W) 8.95; 3. Marina Chen (W) 8.525.

Other MCA scores: Lexy Ringnell 8.325; Martha Olson 8.325; Maggie Bachenberg 8.175; Brielle Meade 7.675.