In the Novice age group (which was girls age 9 and under) in the upper division, all five athletes were from the Springer's program. In the vault event, Rowan Kolpin, from Aurelia, was 4th with a score of 7.7; Megan Brown, of Cherokee, was 3rd with a score of 7.75; Annika Patton, of Aurelia, was 2nd with a score of 8.0 and Kylie Mongan, of Cherokee was first with a vault score of 8.2. In the bars event, Annika was 4th with a score of 4.0, Megan was 3rd with a 4.5, Rowan was 2nd with 5.2 and Kylie Mongan was 1st with a score of 6.7. In the beam event, Annika was 5th at 4.3, Rowan was 4th with 4.45, Megan was 2nd with 5.05 and Kylie Mongan was 1st with a score of 7.3. In the floor event Rowan was 4th with a 6.3 score, Annika was 3rd with a 6.35, Megan was 2nd at 6.9 and Kylie Mongan was 1st with a score of 7.6. In the all-around scoring, Annika was 4th with a total of 22.65, Rowan was 3rd at 23.65, Megan was 2nd with a 24.2 tally and Kylie was 1st with a total of 29.8.
In the Child 2 age group (which is girls age 11) there were 7 total competitors and only one from the Springer's program. Tiernan Kolpin of Aurelia took 3rd in the vault event with a score of 8.1, 5th in the bars at a 5.3 score, 1st in balance beam with a score of 7.45, 4th in floor with a 7.45 and 4th in the all-around with a 28.3 total.
The Springer's Pink team placed 6th in the upper division with a team score of 104.1 and Megan Brown, Mikki Hinkhouse and Lexie Patton are all members of that team. The Springer's Blue team took 2nd place in the upper division with a team total of 130.05 and Kylie Mongan, Annika Patton, Rowan Kolpin, Tiernan Kolpin and Brielle Kolpin are all members of that team.
The Springer's Gymnastics teams were back in action on Sunday Dec. 13, 2009, when they hosted two teams from Mankato-MAGS 4 and MAGS 5- in a home meet at Storm Lake. Joining the two travel teams for Springer's was the Black team, making a total of 5 teams participating in the meet.
In the 9 yr old category, there were three local girls competing for the Springer's Blue Team. Rowan Kolpin and Annika Patton, of Aurelia, and Kylie Mongan, of Cherokee. On vault, Rowan was tied for 4th with a 7.4, while Annika and Kylie were tied for 1st with a 7.9. On uneven bars, Rowan was 3rd with a score of 5.7, Annika was 2nd with a score of 5.9 and Kylie was 1st with a 6.8. On the balance beam it was Rowan in 3rd at 4.5, Kylie in 2nd with 4.9, and Annika in 1st with a 6.0. On the floor exercise it was Rowan in 5th with a score of 5.5, Kylie was at 3rd with a 6.3 and Annika was 1st with a 6.9. In the all-around the local athletes took the top three spots with Rowan at 3rd with a total of 23.1, Kylie was 2nd with a 25.9 tally and Annika was 1st at 26.7.
In the children's category the gymnasts were further divided into the 10 yr olds category and the 11 yr olds category. Tiernan Kolpin, of Aurelia, was competing in the 11 yr olds category for the Springer's Blue Team. She took 2nd on vault with a 7.7, 1st on bars with a 6.5, 1st on beam with a 7.0 and 1st on floor with a 7.75. In the all-around her total of 28.95 put her 1st in her age category.
The final three local athletes were in the junior's age category. Mikki Hinkhouse, of Cherokee and Brielle Kolpin and Lexi Patton, of Aurelia, were competing for Springer's in this age division. Mikki and Lexi were competing as part of Springer's Pink Team and Brielle was part of Springer's Blue Team. On the vault event, Mikki tied for 5th with a score of 7.9, Lexi was tied for 4th at 8.0 and Brielle was 1st with an 8.5 mark. On the bars it was Lexi in 6th with a 4.3, Mikki at 4th with a 6.3 and Brielle in 2nd with a 7.3. On the balance beam, Lexi was 6th with a 4.4 score, Mikki took 3rd with a 6.6 and Brielle was 1st with a 7.3 mark. On the floor it was Lexi in 5th with a score of 6.2, Mikki was 5th with a 6.5 and Brielle was 4th with a 6.7. In the all-around scoring for the day, Lexi was 6th with a 22.9 total, Mikki was 4th at 27.3 and Brielle was 3rd with a total of 29.8 on the day.
Worthington, MN- There was no rest for the Springers' gymnasts over the holidays as they continued to practice over the school holiday to be ready for their meet in Worthington, MN on Jan. 2. All three Springer's teams travelled to the meet to face two of the S.W.A.G. teams. SWAG-Aerials and SWAG-Saltos. It was cold for the athletes and spectators alike throughout the meet, but they went ahead and gave it their best, despite the cold temperatures. Only 8 of the 9 local gymnasts competed and only the top six places were awarded ribbons in each age group; so many gymnasts left without any ribbons from this meet. Cherokee gymnast Megan Brown had family commitments and was not able to make it to the meet.
In the Novice category (ages 6-9) Kylie Mongan, of Cherokee, represented Springer's Blue Team along with teammates Annika Patton and Rowan Kolpin, both of Aurelia. Kirah Kolpin also competed in this age group for Springer's Black Team, though she finished out of the awards in each event. Kylie took first in vault with an 8.25, in bars with a 6.7 and on floor with a 7.3. She was tied for 2nd with a fellow Springer's gymnast on beam with a score of 5.4 and she was first in the all-around with a total of 27.65. Annika and Rowan kept things interesting as Annika was 2nd on vault with 8.1 and Rowan was 3rd at 7.8; then Rowan was 1st on bars at 5.0 and Annika was 3rd with 4.5. On beam Rowan took 5th with another 5.0 score and Annika was 6th at 4.7. On floor it was Annika tied for 2nd at 6.6 with a SWAG gymnast and Rowan in 3rd with a 6.5. In the all-around Rowan edged out Annika with her 24.3 total to Annika's 3rd place 23.9 total. Kirah Kolpin's scores were 5.0 on vault, 2.3 on bars, 3.2 on beam and 3.0 on floor making her all-around total 13.5.
The next age division is Children (10 & 11 yrs). Tiernan Kolpin, of Aurelia, was the only local gymnast competing for the Springer's club at that age level and she represents the Blue Team. She took 2nd in vault with an 8.05 score but was first in all other events, including all-around. Her bars score was 5.1, beam score was 6.9, floor score was 7.7 and all-around total was 27.75. The 2nd and 3rd place gymnasts were also Springer's athletes in this age group which included 12 girls total.
In the Junior category (12 & 13 yrs) local athletes Mikki Hinkhouse, of Cherokee, and Lexie Patton, of Aurelia, were representing the Pink Team; while Brielle Kolpin, of Aurelia, was representing the Blue Team. Brielle placed 1st on the vault with a score of 8.5, while Mikki snuck into the ribbons in a tie for 6th place with her 7.8 score. Lexie was just out of the ribbons in 7th with her 7.75. On bars Brielle was 3rd at 6.15, followed by Mikki in 4th with 5.6 and Lexie scored a 3.8 on this event. On beam, Brielle easily outpaced her teammates with her 7.6 score and Mikki was 4th in this event with a 6.0, while Lexie scored a 3.4. On the floor, Brielle was 2nd with a 7.8, while Mikki was 6th at 7.2 and Lexie came in with a 4.4 score. In the all-around Brielle again topped the awards stand with her 30.05 total, while Mikki was 5th at 26.6 and Lexie finished with a total of 19.35 on the day.
The Springers Black Team, along with some level 5 gymnasts (the last level before team), will be competing in Jackson, MN on Jan 9, while the Blue and Pink teams will go to New Prague on Sun., Jan 10 for a tough meet against 8 other teams before getting a week off from competition.