Gymnastics Finishes Fourth At John Zuerlein Invitational, Opsahl Wins Balance Beam

Posted on January 28th, 2012 by

Junior Sam Opsahl recorded a win on the balance beam at the John Zuerlein Invitational.

Menomonie, Wis. - The Gustavus gymnastics team turned in a score of 172.575 to finish in fourth place at the John Zuerlein Invitational held at the Johnson Fieldhouse on the campus of UW-Stout on Friday night.  UW-La Crosse won the meet with a score of 182.800, while UW-Stout placed second (179.075) and Hamline finished third (174.550).

The Gusties recorded season-high scores in three individual events including a 39.675 on the uneven parallel bars, a 42.750 on the balance beam, and a 45.000 on the floor.  Gustavus rounded out the meet with a 45.150 score on the vault.

For the second-straight meet, junior Samantha Opsahl (Forest Lake, Minn.) earned the top spot on the podium.  Tonight, Opsahl recorded a season-high 9.550 to take the crown on the balance beam.  Her previous top performance on the beam was a 9.150 at the UW-Eau Claire Invite on Jan. 13.  Opsahl also finished fifth on the floor (9.400) and 10th on the vault (9.125).  Her 9.400 on the floor is also a season-high.

Sophomore Kacy Lorber (Ashland, Wis.) and junior Bailey Zeinert (Oshkosh, Wis.) also recorded notable performances.  Lorber finished eighth on the vault after landing a 9.150, while Zeinert was the only Gusties to compete in the all-around, finishing sixth with a score of 35.025.  Zeinert went 8.900 (19th) on the vault, 8.725 (10th) on the bars, 8.450 (15th) on the beam, and 8.950 (t-12th) on the floor.

Other individual event champions included UW-Stout’s Katherine Prouty on the vault (9.450), UW-La Crosse’s Christa Booman on the bars (9.400),  and UW-La Crosse’s Jenna Swails on floor (9.650).  Courtney Benson took the all-around crown after compiling 37.350 points.

The Gustavus gymnastics team will be back in action on Feb. 3 when it takes part in the Gershon Invite held in La Crosse, Wis. at 6:00 p.m.

 Meet Results

 

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