Huron gymnasts finish ninth in Watertown

PHOTOS BY ROGER MERRIAM/WATERTOWN PO Above: Huron’s Ellie Puterbaugh competes on the balance beam during the Watertown Invitational on Saturday. Below: Huron’s Cameron Ruth competes in the floor exercise during the Watertown Invitational on Saturday.

WATERTOWN — The Huron Tigers finished ninth during the Watertown Invitational on Saturday.

Mitchell finished at 143.675 to win the 11-team event, while Watertown was second at 136.575.

Brookings was third at 134.125, followed by Pierre at 132.700 and Britton-Hecla at 131.925.

The Tigers finished at 121.575, with the floor exercise emerging as their strongest event.

“The Tiger gymnasts showed up on floor,” Huron coach Julie King said. “ They have worked hard to polish their routines and their scores showed it.”

Eastyn Eichstadt led the Tigers in the floor exercise with an 8.875 to finish 20th, while Kenedee Rowen turned in an 8.725 to finish 23rd. Katelyn Radke had an 8.525, while Cameron Ruth had an 8.300.

Ruth earned the highest finish for the Huron in the meet with a 7.975 to finish 11th on the bars.

“Bars is also improving,” King said. “The girls continue to add difficulty.”

Maiya Hein was 27th on the bards for the Tigers with a 7.225, while Eichstadt and Adison Gross had scores of 6.550 and 6.275, respectively.

Makia Moe of Deuel won the all-around title with 36.225 points, while Olivia Prunty of Mitchell, who won three events, was second at 36.000.

Ruth was 19th in the all-around for Huron at 31.325, while Eichstadt was 26th at 29.725 and Gross was 28th at 28.825.

The Tigers are back in action Thursday, with a triangular against Aberdeen Central and Watertown at the Tiger Activity Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Watertown Invitational
Jan. 21

Team scores: 1, Mitchell 143.675; 2, Watertown 136.575; 3, Brookings 134.125; 4, Pierre 132.700; 5, Britton-Hecla 131.925; 6, Madison 130.800; 7, Deuel 130.150; 8, Aberdeen Central 123.625; 9, Huron 121.575; 10, Milbank Area 118.225; 11, Sisseton 89.800.

Vault (winner and Huron scores): 1, Olivia Prunty, M, 9.500; 32, Adison Gross, H, 8.175; 35, Ellie Puterbaugh, H, 8.100; 38, Cameron Ruth, H, 8.000; 42, (tie) Eastyn Eichstadt, H, 7.900.

Bars (winner and Huron scores): 1, Olivia Prunty, M, 9.050; 11, Cameron Ruth, H, 7.975; 27, Maiya Hein, H, 7.225; 40, (tie) Eastyn Eichstadt, H, 6.550; 44, Adison Gross, H, 6.275.

Beam (winner and Huron scores): 1, Briana McElhany, W, 9.350; 33, Ellie Puterbaugh, H, 7.200; 37, (tie) Cameron Ruth, H, 7.050; 44, (tie) Eastyn Eichstadt, H, 6.400.

Floor exercise (winner and Huron scores): 1, Olivia Prunty, M, 9.575; 20, Eastyn Eichstadt, H, 8.875; 23, Kenedee Rowen, H, 8.725; 30, Katelyn Radke, H, 8.525; 43, Cameron Ruth, H, 8.300.

All-Around (winner and Huron scores): 1, Makia Moe, D, 36.225; 19, Cameron Ruth, H, 31.325; 26, Eastyn Eichstadt, H, 29.725; 28, Adison Gross, H, 28.825.

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