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Springers conclude season

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Blue Team is pictured accepting their 3rd place plaque: from l to r Tiernan Kolpin, Annika Patton, Kylie Mongan, Sydney Kay, Ashley Schimmer, Rowan Kolpin, Taylor Zurek, Brielle Kolpin and Shelby Gruntorad Not Pictured: Emily Ivey. Photo contributed
MANKATO, MN-The Springer's Blue Team concluded their team season with some outstanding performances at the M.A.G.A. Division 3 meet on Saturday, March 20. Amid a very tough field of gymnasts, the team took home the 3rd place plaque and medals for the day with their team total of 125.475. In first place at the Division 3 meet were the Jr. Bulldogs of Clear Lake, MN with a 130.65 total, while the River City Dynamos-Team 3 from Winona, MN at 125.65 just edged out the Springer's team for 2nd place. Close behind the Springer's team in 4th place at 124.525 was the team from River Falls, WI, the River Falls Stars. In 5th place there was an unusual situation of a tie between the Jr. Huskies of Jackson, MN and the Willmar, MN team, the Willmar Wings 2 each with a total of 123.85. Then 7th place went to the Martin County West Shooting Stars from Welcome, MN at 123.15 and the 8th place team was the Waseca Thunder from Waseca, MN with 121.575. In addition to a third place plaque, the Springer's team was also voted, by the other coaches, to win the Sportsmanship Award for the meet and brought home a banner representing that honor.

The local athletes competing in the meet were Rowan Kolpin and Annika Patton of Aurelia and Kylie Mongan of Cherokee in the Novice age group; and Tiernan and Brielle Kolpin of Aurelia in the Children and Junior age categories, respectively. At regular meets, there is just one judge on each event per gymnast, but at the Division meets there are two judges and the average of the two is the gymnast's score on that event. The scores from the Division meets are also used to determine who advances to the Individual Championships in Glencoe, Minnesota on Saturday, March 27.

There were only nine gymnasts competing in the Novice category, but it was a very tough field. On the vault, Rowan placed 7th with a 7.65, while Kylie was 5th with a 7.75 and Annika was 4th with a 7.85, which was just .05 behind the 3rd place score of 7.9. On Bars, Annika placed 9th after a frustrating couple of falls, scoring a 3.95; while Kylie took 5th again with a 6.55 score and Rowan edged her out for 4th with a 6.65. The 3rd place score on this event was also close at 6.9. On Beam, Rowan placed 8th with a 5.2, Annika was 7th with a 5.3 mark and Kylie was 3rd with a 7.05. The third place score was .5 higher on this event at 7.55. On the floor event, Rowan was again 8th with a 6.65, while Annika took 6th with a 7.325 and Kylie edged her out for 5th with a 7.4. The next higher score was a 7.8 at 4th place on the floor event. Finally, in the all-around scoring for the Novice age group, Annika placed 8th with a total of 24.425 for the meet, while Rowan was in 7th with her 26.15 total and Kylie was 4th with a 28.75.

In the Children age group there were 30 gymnasts competing at the meet and Tiernan placed in the top 12 on Beam, at 5th place with a 7.25, on floor at 10th place with a 8.0 and she was 12th in the all-around scoring with her total of 29 for the day. Her vault score of 7.6 and bar score of 6.15 were not enough to place her in the top 12 but did contribute to her all-around total for the day.

There were 32 gymnasts in the Junior age group at the meet making it the largest group of the day. Brielle did very well then, by placing 2nd on the vault, with a 8.55. She was also 2nd on bars with a 7.925 and on floor with an 8.05. She also placed 1st both on Beam with an 8.35 score and in the all-around scoring at 32.925. This also made her the biggest contributor to the team score for the day.

With over 450 athletes competing in the 6 division meets and only the top 24 advancing in each age group to the Individual Championships, it is a real honor to get to advance. The top 12 all-around scores from the Division meets and the next 12 on each event advance, and of the 19 gymnasts that competed for Springer's club in a Division meet, nine will be competing on March 27 at Glencoe. Of those nine, six are local athletes. Only one gymnast advanced in the all-around competition, and that was Kylie Mongan, who will compete in the Novice age group in all four events. Brielle Kolpin will compete in three of the four events - bars, beam and vault - in the Junior age group. Tiernan Kolpin will compete in two events, floor and beam, in the Children age group, and the remaining athletes will compete in individual events: Megan Brown and Annika Patton will compete on vault in the Novice age group and Rowan Kolpin will compete in the same age group, but on the bars. The Novice and Children age groups compete at noon, while the Junior and Senior age groups compete at 5pm. This meet will wrap up this season for the gymnasts.

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