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Preview: Gymnasts are a youthful but experienced bunch

This year's Hastings girls gymnastics team has all kinds of experience returning to it. The Raiders finished last season on a high note, scoring 131.475 points at the section meet. That was their highest point total of the year.

Most of those gymnasts return to this year's team.


Hastings has three seniors on the team this year.

They are Kaylee Hennen, Alison Kromer and Kaylee Strandness.

Kromer fared well at sections, scoring an 8.050 on beam. She had an 8.35 on vault.

Juniors on the team are Taylor Engstrom and Jordyn Hollar.

Engstrom had a strong section meet, placing 12th on the beam with a score of 8.35. She had an 8.05 on vault, too.

Hollar led the way on the vault with an 8.475.

Sophomores are Cecily Hrncir, Katelynn Johnson, Morgan Johnson and Marissa Leopold.

Freshmen are Ciara Christensen, Kelly Dybevik, Nena Fasbender, Brittany Johnson, Marli Rodriguez and Danielle Walz.

One eighth-grader, Madison Hynnek, is on the team.

Two seventh-graders, Lily Hull and Kate Olmstead, are also on the team.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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