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Gymnastics: North pulls away in floor exercise

The Lakeville North gymnastics team used a 1-2-3-4 finish in the floor exercise to pull away from Farmington 136.575-131.725 in the Tigers’ first dual meet of the season last Thursday night at North.

The Tigers held the lead after the vault thanks to Tahra Eckert’s first-place score of 9.375. Amanda Davenport was fourth in the event with an 8.975 and Abby Schwartz was fifth at 8.825.

North took the lead with a 1-3-4 finish in the uneven bars, but Farmington kept the dual close by answering with a 32.35-31.85 win in the balance beam. Davenport scored an 8.35 to place second in the event, Eckert was third and Rachel Kiminski placed fifth.

The Panthers pulled away for good with their dominating performance in the floor exercise. Davenport was the Tigers’ highest place-winner in the event with a fifth-place 8.45. She ended up third in the all-around with a score of 34.025. Eckert was fifth in the all-around with a total score of 32.30.

“We had many falls that we need to work on to get ready for next week,” Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. “All-in-all, the girls keep moving forward and just keep improving.”

Farmington won the JV portion of the meet, 121.5-114.2.

Sidney Comes placed first in the all-around with a score of 29.75. She was third in the vault and beam and fifth in the floor exercise.

Sam Kramer and Kenzie McCuddin tied for first in the vault, Kiminski was second in the bars, Gina Mercurio placed first in the balance beam and Racquel Beckett earned third in the floor exercise.

The Tigers hosted Northfield for their first Missota Conference meet of the year Tuesday night. The team is back home tomorrow night when it hosts Chaska/Chanhassen at the Instruction Services Center.