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Gymnastics: Ailynn Fettig, Sara Eddy, Izzy Kent take MVP honors

The Cardinals add some top-10 performances in program history to their record book this winter season.

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The 2021-22 Alexandria gymnastics team included, back, left to right, assistant coach Nichole Boyden, Addison Fettig, Zoie Roemer, Addison Twa, Addison Gulbranson, Mia Haugen, Dylan Witt, Izzy Kent, Sara Eddy, McKenzie Huwe, Amaya Hughes, Hailey Brittin, head coach Tayler Kaufman, front, left to right, Kate Boyden, Natalya Cantwell, Hannah Skillings, Ellie Rauk, Loren Buggert, Sarah Kelley, Hailie Kent, Ailynn Fettig, Chloe Steele, Jamie Aldis, and Maya Perry.
Contributed photo taken by Jeff Roste / Creative Impact Design

ALEXANDRIA — Alexandria senior Ailynn Fettig wrapped up her gymnastics career with the Cardinals by qualifying for the state meet in the all-around, and she was part of a big group of student-athletes who were honored for this team.

Fettig finished third in the all-around scores at the Section 8AA meet with a season-best score of 36.325. She finished 20th at state with a score of 35.125, and she was recognized for a strong senior season by being named the varsity MVP on beam and floor, along with earning the Cardinals’ Hardest Worker Award. Ellie Rauk joined Fettig in being named the hardest worker on the team.

Fettig set some top-10 marks in program history this season as she finished with the sixth highest score in a single event on the bars (9.05), third highest on the beam (9.4) and fourth highest on the floor (9.4).

As a team this winter, the Cardinals recorded scores on the vault (36.45) and bars (33.7) that were the fifth highest in team history. The JV team also set a new school record for an overall team score with a 126.55 against St. Cloud Tech on Dec. 23. The previous record was 125.9 set during the 2000-01 season.

Sara Eddy set the sixth highest score ever recorded for the varsity program on the vault with her season-high score of 9.425. Eddy earned the Cardinals’ varsity MVP award on the vault for the second straight season. Addison Twa was the JV vault MVP.

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Izzy Kent won the varsity MVP honor on the bars, while Dylan Witt earned that honor for the JV. Rauk was the JV MVP on the beam for a second straight season, and Addison Fettig won the MVP award for JV on the floor routine.

Jamie Aldis earned the Most Improved Award for the Cardinals.

Kate Boyden also earned the Jenna Logergren Memorial Award for the second straight season. That award was established in 1987 and is given each season to a middle school gymnast who has creative dance, leaps, and jumps on beam and floor.

ALEXANDRIA GYMNASTICS ADDITIONAL HONORS Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association All-state honors -- Ailynn Fettig - Floor, 9.3; Honorable mention - Ailynn Fettig - Vault, 9.2; Bars, 8.8; Beam, 9.0; All Around, 36.1; Amaya Hughes - Vault, 8.8; Beam, 8.7; Floor, 9.1; All Around, 34.7; Sara Eddy - Vault, 9.2; Loren Buggert - Vault, 8.8; Izzy Kent - Bars, 8.4All-CENTRAL LAKES CONFERENCE - Sara Eddy - Vault, 5th, 9.175; Ailynn Fettig - Vault, 7th, 9.16; Bars, 5th, 8.725; Beam, 9th, 8.71; Floor, 2nd, 9.4; All Around, 2nd, 9.4;Amaya Hughes - Beam, 7th, 8.74; Floor, 7th, 9.15; All Around, 7th, 34.7; Izzy Kent - Bars, 10th, 8.375; HONORABLE-MENTION ALL CLCL - Addison Twa - Bars, 12th, 8.18LETTER WINNERS - Jamie Aldis, Loren Buggert, Sarah Kelley, Ellie Rauk, Addison Gulbranson, Addison Fettig, Chloe Steele, Addison Twa, Dylan Witt, Sara Eddy, Amaya Hughes, Ailynn Fettig, Hailie Kent, Izzy Kent

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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