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Farmington gymnasts score season bests at home invite

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Tiger gymnasts finished 1-2 in all four events and Farmington turned in its best team score of the season at Saturday’s Farmington Invitational.

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The Tigers scored 137.35 points in the varsity competition, outscoring runner-up Woodbury by over eight points. The Farmington JV team also finished first with a score of 127.5.

Minneapolis South and Columbia Heights rounded out the four-team field at the Instructional Services Center.

“What a great meet! The girls did amazing. They really are pulling things together,” Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. “We only had to count four falls this meet (after counting 10 at the previous meet), which is more normal. I am very proud of the girls and their hard work. It is starting to pay off.”

Tahra Eckert paced the Tigers in the varsity competition with a first-place all-around score of 33.5. She won the vault with a 9.3 and added a fourth place 8.1 in the balance beam.

Amanda Davenport won two events for the Tigers. She scored a meet-best 9.0 in the uneven bars and an 8.9 in taking the balance beam. Davenport was also fourth in the floor exercise.

Kathryn Beckett completed the Farmington sweep with a winning score of 9.25 in the floor exercise. Abby Schwartz was second in both the floor exercise and beam and finished second behind Eckert in the all-around at 33.3

Kathryn and Racquel Beckett tied for fourth in the vault and Rachel Kiminski and Kenzie McCuddin finished 2-3 in the uneven bars.

Farmington winners in the JV competition were Sam Kramer in the vault, Sidney Comes in the bars, Gina Mercurio and Kramer in the beam, Kyla Bauman in the floor exercise and Mercurio in the all-around.

The Tigers compete again tomorrow night at Chanhassen. Their next home meet is next Friday (Jan. 24) against Red Wing.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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