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Gymnastics: Tigers debut in state rankings

Members of the Farmington gymnastics team react to Amanda Davenport landing her floor exercise routine during last Tuesday’s meet against Lakeville South. The Tigers debuted in 22nd in this week’s Class 2A state rankings.

The Farmington gymnastics team got the chance to see where it stacks up against the rest of its section at Saturday’s Faribault Invitational.

Every team in Section 1AA competed at the 16-team meet and the Tigers wound up behind just two of them while placing 10th overall with a score of 135.050 points. Second-ranked Owatonna placed third and 17th-rated Rochester Century came in seventh as the top two 1AA teams in the field.

“This invitational is always a fun one.… We get a very good idea of what we are up against to go to state, as individuals and as a team,” Farmington coach Amanda Lund said. “We must place first (in the section) to move on as a team, so the girls have a good idea of what we need to do between now and sections if we want to be competitive.”

Amanda Davenport figures to be among those competing for individual state berths after placing eighth in the all-around with a score of 36.3. Her best showing came in the vault where she scored a 9.45 to tie for third place. She was also 14th in the uneven bars with a 9.05 and 10th against a talented field in the floor exercise with a 9.3.

The Tigers fell four times in the beam and once on the floor exercise, which contributed to a team score that was over three points lower than their season-best last Tuesday in a tightly-contested 138.425-138.175 victory against Lakeville South at the Instructional Services Center gym in Farmington. The win avenged a close loss to the Cougars last season.

“The varsity score was a season-high for both this year and last year,” Lund said. “As a coach, I have been constantly trying to encourage and motivate the girls with regards to their potential this season, but when they actually get a taste of it, the result is an entirely different level of motivation and confidence! And that is exactly what happened last (Tuesday), the girls finally got a taste of what they are really capable of!”

Davenport added another all-around title to her collection, scoring a total of 35.9 points in four events. She won the vault with a 9.3 and the bars with a 9.1, and then closed out the meet by placing second in the floor exercise with a 9.45. Rachel Kiminski placed fourth in both the vault and bars and ended up third in the all-around.

Lauren Slayton placed in a pair of events for the Tigers, earning second in the bars with a 9.0 and third in the beam with a team-best 8.625. Kyla Bauman added a third-place 9.05 in the floor exercise.

The Tiger JV completed the sweep with a season-best score of 125.8.