Prep gymnastics: Marquette beats Negaunee with depth

MARQUETTE – While Negaunee’s Emilie Thorvaldsen took the individual all-around title, the host Marquette Senior High School gymnastics team surpassed the Miners by just over 10 points, 114.125-103.9, in a dual meet on Monday.

The competition was originally scheduled for earlier this month, but was postponed due to bitterly cold wind chills that closed school. MSHS coach Kris Lakenen said the delay gave her team some extra preparation time for skills they debuted Monday.

“We wouldn’t have had those skills a couple weeks ago, so it was kind of exciting to see that,” Lakenen said. “It’s been an exciting year – a growing year.”

Lakenen said the Redettes saw their team score drop because new skills increase a routine’s difficulty, but it was important to practice them in a competitive setting.

Marquette’s strength showed especially on bars, topping Negaunee 24.1-19.4 and on beam, 28.425-24.95. The Redettes took four of the top six individual all-around spots, defeating the Miners with their depth.

Senior Mikayla Mitchell finished second in the all-around with 31.25 points, finishing first on floor with an 8.0 and second on bars and beam.

“Mikayla Mitchell is putting in a really steady season so far,” Lakenen said. “She’s really upped her game this year and we want to see her go to regionals.”

Dinele Stewart finished third all-around with a first-place finish on bars and second on vault. Jarynn Stewart and Taylor Hopper finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Sarah Fosco placed second in floor behind Mitchell with a 7.95.

“The girls are working hard and we couldn’t be more pleased with the effort we see in the gym,” Lakenen said.

Thorvaldsen took her all-around title by 0.55 points over Mitchell with an accumulated 31.80 points, placing first on vault and beam with scores of 8.55 and 8.4, respectively. Thorvaldsen’s vault score was the highest score on any apparatus Monday.

“Emilie is our exchange student and she has been doing exceptionally well,” Negaunee coach Eyre Becker said. “We’re grateful that she chose Negaunee.”

Negaunee’s Dani Anderson finished fifth in the individual all-around, tying for third on vault with 7.9.

Becker said the competition was a challenging one for her athletes, who also have exams this week.

“Our girls have had their heads in two different places and I think it was pretty evident tonight that we took a tumble,” Becker said.

Delaney Lovett can be reached at 906-228-2500