Huron gymnasts finish third at final home meet


PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN Above: Huron’s Eastyn Eichstadt competes in the floor exercise during Thursday’s event. Below: Huron’s Katelyn Radke competes on the bards during a triangular on Thursday at the Tiger Activity Center.

HURON — The Watertown Arrows took the team win with a score of 142.6 to win the Huron Triangular gymnastics meet Thursday night at the Tiger Activity Center. Aberdeen Central edged Huron 132.9 to 130.35 for second place.

“We got out top team score of the season tonight!” said Tiger coach Julie King after the meet. “The Tigers had a great night.”

It was the final home meet of the season for the Tigers, who will participate in the ESD meet in Pierre on Feb. 4, then head to the State “AA” meet in Aberdeen, Feb. 10-11.

Huron’s Adison Gross performs on the vault during Thursday’s triangular.

Watertown also swept the top two places in the All-Around, as Kinsley VanGilder chalked up a 35.5 for the top of the podium, followed by teammate Brianna McElhaney with 34.7. Huron’s Eastyn Eichstadt had a great meet, finishing third in the All-Around competition with a 34.05. Teammate Maiya Hein finished fifth in the All-Around.

“Eastyn had and amazing night,” said King. “She has really worked hard to polish her routines and it showed tonight.”

The top of the podium was crowded after the Vault competition, as four gymnasts - Ashlyn Andrew, VanGilder and Ashley Stanley, all from Watertown - and Hein scored 9.0 from the judges. Eichstadt and Maria Wilson both scored 8.85 for Huron in the tight race.

Shauna Evenson from Watertown took the top score in Floor Exercise as four Arrows were within 2/10s of a point.

Evenson notched a 9.55 to edge McElhaney by a tenth. Eichstadt had an 8.8 and Hein an 8.6 for the Tigers.

Huron’s Kenedee Rowen competes on the bars during a triangular meet Thursday at Tiger Activity Center.

“Floor exercise was clean tonight!” said King. Kennedee Rowen, Eastyn and Maiya all had great floor routines.”

McElhaney took the Uneven Parallel Bars top spot with an 8.45, with Masyn Schutter of Aberdeen Central garnering second with an 8.3. Eichstadt’s 7.8 and Hein’s 7.65 paced the Tigers in Bars.

On the Balance Beam, Kaitlyn Rudebusch tied teammate VanGilder for the top score with matching 9.35s, Kamryn Romandia of Watertown scored a 9.1, while Eichstadt scored an 8.6, Wilson carded an 8.3 and Ellie Puterbaugh got an 8.15 for the Tigers.

“I am very happy with the girls’ performance tonight,” King said. “They are peaking at the right time!”