Gymnastics earns highest score of the year against D-I, D-II competition

Alexis Durkee, Sports Writer

The UW Oshkosh gymnastics journeyed across the country to Seattle, WA for a quadrangular at Seattle Pacific University.

The Titans faced Division-I opponent Air Force Academy, D-II Seattle Pacific University and WIAC rival UW-Whitewater.

Air Force Academy came out victorious with a score of 194.200, Seattle Pacific placed second with 192.600, as UWO and UWW finished third and fourth at 189.100 and 185.025 respectively.

The Titans did not back down from the higher competition Friday as the team posted its highest score of the year. In addition, UWO recorded its highest scores in each of the four events: A score of 46.225 on the uneven bars, 47.025 on the vault, 47.575 on the floor exercise and 48.275 on the balance beam.

Freshman Kaira Hammond had a career high in two events on Friday as she took second on the balance beam as she scored a 9.825 only 0.025 short of tie for first and a 9.700 on the uneven bars.

Joining Hammond, UWO had three other top-16 finishers on the balance beam. Olivia Keller placed fourth with a score of 9.775, Baylee took ninth with a 9.750 and Alyssa Nore finished 15th at 9.500.

The Titan had four top-16 finishers on the floor exercise as well. Keller had a season-high 9.625 to place seventh, Jessica Bernardo and Rahdea Jarvis tied in 11th place at 9.575 and Bailey Finin rounded out the top-16 with a score of 9.425.

Bailee Hardy and Bernardo finished in the top-16 on the uneven bar routines. Hardy placed 14th at 9.425, and Bernardo took 16th with 9.125.

Hardy returned to the lineup this week for the first time all year. Senior Bailey Finin said depth to this years roster as allowed the team to come together to boost performances.

“This is what being a team is all about,” Finin said. “It’s great to be able to step-up for each other.”

After posting a season high in the uneven bars, Hardy said that she wants to continue to get better each time she performs.

“Every meet I try my best to improve my bar routine,” Hardy said. “I’m just hoping I can go above and beyond on my bar routine and finally get that score I’m looking for.”

In the all-around competition, Bernardo placed fifth, posting a season best 37.000.

The UWO gymnastics team will travel to UWW, Feb. 24 for a triangular between host Warhawks and UW-Eau Claire.