Boyden, Fettig, Meyer, Fletcher earn MVP honors for Alex

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This year’s Alexandria gymnastics team features (front, left to right) Sydni Rehovsky, Savannah Auran, Tatiana Cantwell, Ailynn Fettig, (middle row) Sandra Gragera, Amaya Hughes, Rachel Boyden, Sara Eddy, Miriam Anderson, Kelly Boyden, (back row) spotter Tim Doyle, coach Tayler Kaufman, Hailie Kent, Kylie Chapman, Sarah Kelley, Kelsey Fletcher, Kaylee Meyer, Izzy Kent, assistant coach Nichole Boyden and assistant coach Adrienne Meyer. (Contributed photo)

The Alexandria gymnastics team was in year one under new head coach Tayler Kaufman, and the Cardinals will have the bulk of their team back if all return next winter.

That leaves Kaufman excited about the future of this group as the Cardinals handed out their team awards in a virtual banquet on March 31.

The lone senior for this group was Kaylee Meyer, and she earned Alexandria’s MVP Award on the beam. Meyer helped lead this group in the gym, and she also earned an Academic Senior Award from the section meet by posting a GPA of over 3.5.

Rachel Boyden was the Cardinals’ MVP on the vault for varsity. The junior paced Alexandria at the section meet with an eighth-place all-around score of 35.3. She was sixth on vault at that meet with a 9.375.

Ailynn Fettig won the MVP Award for the Cardinals on the bars, and Kelsey Fletcher was the MVP on the floor. Fettig also brought home the Hardest Worker Award for the team.


Savannah Auran was named the most-improved athlete. Erica Johnson earned the Jenna Logregren Memorial Award, an honor established in 1987 that is given each season to a middle-school gymnast who has creative dance, leaps and jumps on the beam and floor.

Fletcher and Boyden added to their awards list by earning All-CLC honors this winter, while Fettig was All-CLC honorable mention.

Both the varsity and junior varsity teams posted the fifth-highest team scores in a meet in program history after the varsity group posted a season-best 137.9 and the JV group finished with a season-best of 118.8.

In the last home meet of the season, the group of Hailie Kent (8.85), Izzy Kent (9.15), Fettig (9.275) and Boyden (9.4) combined to post the Cardinals’ second highest vault score ever at 36.675. That just missed the vault record for Alexandria of 36.7 that was set in 2013-14.

This year’s group also set the fourth highest beam score (34.475) and fourth highest floor score (35.7) in program history.

Individually, Boyden and Fletcher tied for the fourth highest vault score in team history at 9.4, while Fettig has the fifth highest vault score at 9.275. Hannah Wendel holds that vault record at 9.875 set in 2015.

Fletcher also has the fifth best floor score at 9.55. That program record was set in 2013 when Briquelle Joseph (Bowden) recorded a score of 9.7.

ALEXANDRIA GYMNASTICS - JV AWARD WINNERS - MVP VAULT - Miriam Anderson; MVP BARS - Sara Eddy; MVP BEAM - Savannah Auran; MVP FLOOR - Erica Johnson

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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