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Alexandria’s Tahlia Bowden competes on the beam during a meet against Moorhead on January 7. Bowden had a strong home quadrangular last Friday, finishing first on bars (9.3) and third on the beam (8.55). (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Season best not enough against Tech

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The Alexandria gymnastics team ran into the fourth-ranked team in Class AA last Thursday and came up short despite a season-high team score against St. Cloud Tech.

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The Tigers are one of the best big-school teams in the state and showed that in a 146.025-138.525 win over the Cardinals. Alexandria got two top-five all-around scores from Hannah Wendel in second place (37.2) and Bria Schueler in fourth (31.825).

Wendel finished second on the vault with her score of 9.45, while teammate Tahlia Bowden was not far behind at 9.425 to take third. Jana Roste also had a personal-best score of 9.14 in the event to finish sixth.

Wendel paced the Cardinals on the bars as well with a third-place finish (9.3). Bowden put together a strong performance on the beam to win that event with a 9.5. That tied a personal best for her in that event. Wendel also finished fourth on the beam before she wrapped up her meet with a second-place finish on the floor (9.3) and Schueler added a top-five finish with an 8.65.

MEET RESULTS St. Cloud Tech 146.025, Alexandria 138.525

ALEXANDRIA – VAULT – Wendel – second, 9.45; Bowden – third, 9.425; Jana Roste – sixth, 9.1; Anna Spanbauer – eighth, 8.55; Schueler – 10th, 7.2

BARS – Wendel – third, 9.3; Bowden – sixth, 8.825; Schueler – eighth, 8.125; Jenna Kremer – ninth, 7.45; Jana Roste – 10th, 7.0

BEAM – Bowden – first, 9.5; Wendel – fourth, 9.15; Jana Roste – eighth, 8.0; Schueler – ninth, 7.85; Kremer – 10th, 6.6

FLOOR – Wendel – second, 9.3; Schueler – fifth, 8.65; McKena Thoennes – eighth, 7.95; Rachel Sjostrand – ninth, 7.9; Anna Spanbauer – 10th

ALL AROUND – Wendel – second, 37.2; Schueler – fourth, 31.825

Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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