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Raiders fall in two SEC gymnastics meets

The Hastings gymnastics team is still catching up from a whirlwind fall, and a late start to the season.

After the Hastings Gymnastics Center closed, a new venue and new equipment had to be ordered. Finally, in September, a new location was set for practice and for home meets. The team is now competing at the National Guard armory.

"The girls had a hard time right out of the gate," coach Jeanne Kasel said. "Right now, we're starting to catch up. The armory has been great to work with."

Hastings competed against Woodbury last week and lost, 132.35 to 123.875.

Jordyn Hollar led Hastings on the vault.

Ali Kromer led Hastings on the bars.

On the beam, Kromer and Hollar each had "very good routines," Kasel said.

On the floor exercise, Hollar, Taylor Engstrom and Kromer "all did great," Kasel said.

Kasel is optimistic about the future of the Hastings program, she said.

"I have to say, I'm pretty excited," she said. "I have some girls that are just really stepping up, especially on our JV team. Their scores are really going up. Each week they come in and try something different. They're pushing themselves."

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost to East Ridge two weeks ago, 129.225 to 125.125.

The 125.125 was the top score of the season so far for Hastings, but the team hopes to get to the 130-mark by season's end.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to get that score up into the 130s," Kasel said. "The girls are just pitching in and doing what they can to help the team."

Engstrom and Kaylee Hennen led Hastings on the vault.

Hollar, Engstrom and Kromer had strong nights on bars, with Hollar leading the way.

Engstrom and Hollar had the high scores on beam, and on floor, it was Engstrom and Kromer who led Hastings.