The Section Gymnastics meet was held at Byron High School on February 16th. This is the first time there has been a gymnastics meet at the new high school. The gymnasts usually have their meets at the Byron Community Ed. Center. The JV wrestlers, parents, coaches, and gymnasts helped set up the equipment the night before so the girls could practice. Everything looked great! Before the meet began, the Byron-Lourdes gymnasts were announced as Gold Academic winners with the highest GPA in the section 3.921!
The following girls qualified for the indiviual Gold Academic Award (3.75 GPA or above): Paige Fode, Emma Weatherly, Annika Carlson, Jill Schuster, Autumn Brandau, Hannah Coleman, Aleesha Jantzen, Payton Stites, Stephanie Bellrichard, and Jillian Krier. The following girls qualified for the Silver Academic Award (3.5 GPA or above): Emma Jenson, Taylor Knesel, Lauren Timm.
Austin dominated the meet by scoring 148.375 points. They will advance to the state meet next weekend. LaCrescent placed second with 135.675. Byron-Lourdes was third with 134.675. Simley was 4th with 130.924. Stewartville/Kasson-Mantorville was 5th with 130.4. Redwing was 6th with 128.2. Pine Island was 7th with 128.125. Caledonia/Spring Grove was 8th with 120.525, and South St. Paul was 9th with 117.175.
Byron-Loudes did not have any individuals advance to the state meet this year, however there were many very strong performances. 3 of our gymnasts competed in the all around. There were 26 total gymnasts in the all around. 8th grader Annika Carlson placed 7th with a great score of 34.7. Junior Stephanie Bellrichard also made the award stand by placing 10th with a score of 33.675. 7th grader Emma Weatherly was 11th with 33.2 points.
In the vault, the Bears scored a team total 34.9 points. Out of 45 total gymnasts, Carlson was 10th with a score of 9.0. Weatherly was 14th with 8.825. Bellrichard was 22nd with 8.575. 8th grader Autumn Brandau was 26th with 8.5, and 8th grader Emma Weatherly was 34th with 8.3.
Byron-Lourdes scored 32.1 points on the uneven bars. Bellrichard placed 9th with 8.275. Weatherly was 12th with 8.0. Carlson was 13th 7.975. Senior Jillian Krier was 16th with 7.85, and 8th grader Hannah Coleman was 23rd with 7.575.
On the Balance Beam, the Bears scored 33.3 points. Carlson placed 7th with a solid score of 8.95. Bellrichard placed 17th with 8.15. Weatherly was 18th with 8.15.
Coleman placed 24th with 8.05. Krier placed 31st with a score of 7.4.
Byron-Lourdes scored 34.375 on the floor routine. Carlson was once again 7th with a score of 8.775. Coleman was 10th with 8.7. Bellrichard was 11th with 8.675. Weatherly was 16th with 8.225. Sophomore Lexie Caples was 17th with 8.175.
The Bears had 4 girls make the All-Section team: Emma Jensen (Vault), Emma Weatherly (Vault), Annika Carlson (Vault, Floor, All-Around), Stephanie Bellrichard (Vault).
All in all, it was a very successful season for these girls. They were conference champions with a 7-1 record, only losing to LaCrescent. The Bears had 4 all conference gymnasts: Bellrichard, Carlson, Coleman, and Weatherly. They were very close to breaking the school record for team score. They finished third in the section and were champions in the section for academics.The Bears will be strong again next year, as they are only graduation 2 seniors-Jillian Krier and Lauren Timm."They have been spectacular captains, leaders and mentors. The girls really have looked up to them and they have been great role models. They will greatly be missed next year that is for sure!" Coach Anna Alzamora said.
"It's the end of another great season. I am so proud of the girls for being the conference champions, section academic champions and taking 3rd at the Section 1A Championships hosted by us. Our goal this year was to place 2nd place (one place up from last year), we missed this by 1.0. So, that will be our goal for next year. This year and last year, Austin has won, and they are just too far out of reach for us right now."
"I would thank the girls for their participation in the community Ed classes which enabled us to not only rent the equipment but have some special and memorable events. And the community for supporting our program by participating in the classes." Coach Bre Yennie said.
"I finally want to thank all the parents for their support throughout the season, without them, the season would not have been a success. Also, a big thanks to the JV Wrestling team for helping us setup the equipment for the section meet, it is much appreciated! " Coach Alzamora said.