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Gymnastics: Lord leads Tigers to victory

Farmington's Kiana Lord turned in a clean sweep of all four events at Friday night's Missota Conference meet against Chaska/Chanhassen.

Lord scored 9.0 or better in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise en route to a season-best all-around score of 36.7 in leading the Tigers to a season-best team score in a 136.9-133.7 victory at the Instructional Services Center. The team score moves the Tigers from outside the top 20 to 14th in the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association's list of the state's best team scores this season.

"What an amazing night for Kiana," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "The girls were on fire. They are really starting to believe in themselves, and that's where it all begins. We will continue to get better all the way to the end. I am so proud of all the girls. They did awesome!"

Lord's awesome night started with a score of 9.325 in the vault. She then scored a 9.025 in the bars, an 8.75 in the balance beam and a season-best 9.6 in the floor exercise.

Kathryn Beckett claimed Farmington's lone second-place finish in the vault with a score of 9.3. She was also third in the floor exercise with an 8.9.

Kylie Wharton added a third-place finish in the beam and placed fifth in the floor exercise. Teammate Amanda Davenport was fourth in the floor exercise, the bars and the beam.

Raquel Beckett made it four Tigers in the top five with a 4-5 finish in the vault.

Chaska/Chanhassen won a close JV meet, 124.95-123.9.

Racquel Beckett won the floor exercise with a score of 8.85 and Kenzie McCuddin was first in the vault with an 8.7. Beckett was also second in the beam and Taylor Schmaltz was runner-up in the uneven bars.

Third-place finishes came from Kyla Bauman in the vault and Gina Mercurio in the floor exercise.