Prep gymnastics: Redettes beam past Eskymos

ESCANABA – It would not have taken a microscope to figure out what made the difference in a dual gymnastics meet Wednesday night at Escanaba High School.

The Marquette Redettes, which opened by grabbing the top four spots on balance beam, then hung on for a 118.25-116.05 triumph over the host Eskymos.

“Our girls did an excellent job on beam,” said Marquette coach Kris Lakanen. “They’re really focused this year on beam, which is something we had been struggling with in the past.”

While the Redettes were successful in staying on beam, the Eskymos were struggling.

Dinelle Stewart won beam for the Redettes with 8.2 points, with freshman Erin Linderoth leading the Eskymos in fifth at 7.5.

“Erin had a beautiful, clean routine,” said Esky coach Theresa Pascoe. “Only, she needs to have more difficulty in her routine to compete with the Marquette girls. Unfortuately, Erin had the one fall. Without that fall, she would have had an 8.0.

“Usually, the team that stays on beam is the team that wins the meet. We need to focus more on beam and not get flustered the first time we come off.”

Other than beam, the teams appeared to be evenly matched through the remaining events. Esky held the edge in floor exercise and vault, with the Redettes gaining the overall edge on the uneven bars.

The outcome of this meet left both squads within striking distance of 120 points, the minimum required to qualify as a team for the regional meet at Rockford on March 1.

“We have a few things we need to work on,” said Lakanen. “Hopefully, we’ll be there soon. We need to clean up our routines on bars and push the girls to brush up on their tumbling. We have several girls who haven’t been in gymnastics before.

“Overall, we couldn’t be more pleased with the effort. We’re coming together as a team.”

Esky senior Rylee Doucette became a triple-winner, dazzling the crowd with her floor routine while earning an 8.65 rating. She also took first in vault (8.5) and bars (7.25).

“Rylee has been very competitive,” said Pascoe. “She has great self-discipline in practice and it showed tonight. Only, we tweaked her beam and floor routines because she has been battling a leg injury the past three weeks. The pounding on her jumps is very painful for her.”

Doucette also topped the all-around standings with 31.5 points, edging Marquette’s Mikayla Mitchell by .1 point. Linderoth finished fifth at 28.35.

Marquette junior Sarah Fosco, sidelined the past two weeks with a broken toe, was runner-up in floor exercise (8.5), with Esky freshman Lindsey Taylor third (8.3).

“We have some young, talented gymnasts who like to tumble,” said Pascoe. “Although, we had to adjust our routines because we have a flat floor in this gym (instead of a spring floor). As time goes on, we’re going to get stronger.”

Pascoe was also pleased with the results in vault, where Esky took three places, and bars.

“We had four (state) qualifying scores in vault,” she said. “We can’t ask for more than that. We have three freshman in vault, and they’re only going to improve. There was a lot of struggling on bars, but we added some difficulty to Lindsey, Erin and Taylor (Segorski’s) routines. We started the season with 12 points and tonight we scored 21. We’re pleased with improvement we’re showing there.”

Esky performed without senior Maggie Richardson, who suffered an elbow injury in Monday’s practice and is expected to be out for two weeks.

The Eskymos host Negaunee Wednesday, two nights after the Miners visit Marquette.