Trojans gymnasts start season with a 135

New Prague’s Kaylynn Solheid competed on the balance beam at the Trojans’ opening night win over Breck. To see more photos click on the Blue Button. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Prior to the his team’s season opening meet, New Prague Trojan gymnastics coach Doug Amundsen was optimistic about the squad’s prospects. When asked what kind of score he would hope for, he said a 135 would be great.

The Trojans defeated Breck by a score of 135.75- 130.8. Two days later, the team finished third at the Waconia Invitational with a score of 131.45.

The Trojans are in the midst of a 10-day break. They return to action Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Lakeville North, a team they hope to challenge for the Section 2AA title in February. The Trojans will host Orono on Thursday, Dec. 22, before taking a two-week break for the holidays.

Trojans 135.75, Mustangs 130.8 "The atmosphere in the gym was uplifting and fun," Amundsen said about his team’s opening meet. "The whole team encouraged each other. The seniors, Karly Hahn, Kate Hentges, Mikayla Breiner, Holli Klein and Claire Hanson, have set a positive atmosphere in practice, and it carried over into the meet," he said.

"Last year we opened with a score of 126.95, so this was nearly 10 points better than our opener last year. We didn’t hit 136 until January 14," Amundsen said.

The Trojans took first place in three of the four events, with Caitlyn Pint winning the vault with an 8.975, Kaylynn Solheid winning the bars with an 8.575, and Kayla Halbmaier taking the beam with a 9.15. Solheid also won the allaround with a 34.625.

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To see more on this story pick up the December 15, 2016 print edition of The New Prague Times.