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Farmington gymnastics dominates home invite

Senior Lauren Slayton swept all four events on her way to tie the FHS all-around school record with a score of 37.65. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Sophomore Madison Jones placed on the bars and vault to help the varsity win its home tournament by a solid margin. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Farmington Tiger gymnastics teams hosted their annual Farmington Invite on Saturday, Jan. 13, and dominated both the junior varsity and varsity levels. They hosted teams from Faribault, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Hendricks, Red Wing and White Bear Lake.

The Tigers had two junior varsity teams compete, Black (125.35) and Orange (124.45), that took first and second, respectively. The two teams took nearly every top-10 spot in all four events plus the all-around.

Meanwhile, the varsity won the tournament with a total score of 139.6, well ahead of runner-up Hendricks who finished with a 129.3, and senior Lauren Slayton won all four events and tied the Farmington High School all-around record with a 37.65.

Varsity prevails

Below are the varsity results:

On the vault, sophomore Gabriella Mercurio took ninth; freshman Bailey McCuddin finished eighth; freshman Kaley Daniels placed sixth; sophomore Madison Jones took third and Slayton won the event with a 9.4.

Succeeding on the uneven bars were Jones who took eighth; McCuddin finished seventh; freshman Sarah McCormick was the runner-up with an 8.4 and the winner was Slayton with a 9.4.

On the balance beam were junior Olivia Grundman in sixth; Daniels was second and Slayton collected her third championship of the day with a score of 9.35.

For the floor exercise were Mercurio who took ninth; sophomore Lauren Eccles finished eighth and Slayton collected her third championship of the day with a score of 9.5.

Slayton clinched the all-around by sweeping all four events.

Junior varsity wows

The junior varsity results were:

On the vault, junior Hannah Sorensen finished 10th; Grundman took ninth; sophomore Kyle McLain placed seventh; in sixth was freshman Erynne Thorn; placing fifth was freshman Abigail Shearer; sophomore Ashleigh Buckman took fourth; sophomore Lauren Lee finished third; Eccles was runner-up and the champion was sophomore Rachael Kammueller with a 8.7.

On the bars in 10th were Kammueller; Grundman finished ninth; McLain took eighth; Mercurio placed seventh; sophomore Maddie Hins was sixth; freshman Carlie Mellang was fifth; Eccles finished fourth; Thorn took third; Sorenson was the runner-up and the winner was freshman Brynn Froelich with a 7.6.

Placing on the balance beam were Kammueller in ninth; senior Samantha Maynard took eighth; Eccles placed seventh; Buckman finished fifth; Froelich took fourth; Thorn placed third; McCuddin was second and in first was Sorenson with an 8.0.

For the floor was Sorenson in 10th; Shearer took eighth; Mellang placed seventh; Thorn was sixth; Jones took fifth; Kammueller finished fourth; Buckman placed third; Hins took second and the champion was McCuddin with an 8.85.

In the all-around, Buckman placed seventh; Mellang finished sixth; Froelich took fifth; Kammueller was fourth; Hins placed third; Thorn took second and the JV all-around champion was Hannah Sorenson with a 31.55.

Everything coming together

Head coach Amanda Lund said the event was a great opportunity for her team as a whole.

"It was really cool to see some of our younger gymnasts, since we did have two teams entered in today's invite, they were able to do all-around or some events they typically aren't able to," she said. "To see them be able to get some scores in those areas and really perform well, I just think it shows our depth. We have such a talented junior varsity squad and they just dominated."

It was also provided the varsity a chance to continue to develop as a team.

"Varsity scored a season-high team score with that 139.6 and we needed that," Lund explained. "There's still quite a bit to work on and there were some little mistakes today that prevented them from reaching that 140 mark. I'm just really proud of them, it's been a long winter and to see them come out here and win this meet and have a season-high is just awesome."

The highlight of the meet was seeing senior Lauren Slayton put everything together in a spectacular performance.

"Lauren tying the school all-around record, almost beating it, is just awesome," Lund said. "She deserves it, she works really hard and is one of the most deserving people and gymnasts I've ever coached."

The Tigers traveled to Eagan on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and then host Rosemount on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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