Park’s Leah Smith, Emily Dahlstrom and Rainna Jameson cheer on a teammate during a meet with White Bear Lake. Photo by John Molene
Smith, Dahlstrom, Jameson lead Park gymnasts

Park’s big three of Leah Smith, Emily Dahlstrom and Rainna Jameson had solid nights to lead the Wolfpack in girls’ gymnastics against visiting White Bear Lake Thursday.

White Bear Lake won the dual meet 137.225 to 132.050, but Park coach Ali Flaata was pleased with how the Wolfpack gymnasts performed.

“We did pretty good,” said Flaata. “We didn’t score as well as we did last week but we had some weird, uncharacteristic mistakes. But overall, we’re improving. Skills are being made; routines are being connected. Just more consistency is what we need.”

Smith led Park with strong scores in the vault, bars and beam to finish third in the allaround with a season high score of 35.450. Dahlstrom, as usual, saved the best for last as she nailed a 9.3 routine on the floor. Dahlstrom finished fourth in the all-around with a 33.400 score. Jameson had solid scores across the board and finished fifth in the allaround with a score of 32.700.

“Leah Smith had a great meet,” said Flaata. “She did her vault for the first time without spot and judges thought it was spotted is why her score was a little lower. But it was a really good moment for her. She made her bar routine, stuck her beam routine, made her floor routine.

“We’re much farther ahead for December than we have been for several years,” Flaata added.

“I was happiest with my bars,” said Smith. “It was like my first full routine in competition I made it through. It was my new high on bars, too. I did pretty good on vault, too. Not my best score but I was proud of the skill I did.”

Park’s Natalya Rugel was eighth in the allaround with a 23.100 in three events. Ashley Lentz finished 10th in the all-around with a 1.45, chalked up in just two events.

All-Around – 3, Leah Smith, 35.225. 4, Emily Dahlstrom, 33.350. 5. Rainna Jameson, 32.500. 8, Natalya Rugel, 23.025. 10, Ashley Lentz, 15.425.

Vault – 3, Smith, 8.625. 4 (tie) Dahlstrom and Rugel, 8.5. 6, Jameson, 8.275.

Bars – 2, Smith, 9.225. 4, Jameson, 8.0. 6, Dahlstrom, 7.650. 7, Lentz, 7.275.

Beam – 3, Smith, 8.60. 4, Jameson, 8.250. 6, Dahlstrom, 7.90. 8. Rugel, 7.4.

Floor – 2, Dahlstrom, 9.3. 4. Smith, 8.775. 7. Jameson, 7.975. 9, Annelise Faletti, 7.8.

December 22, 2021