Gymnastics Scores 182.175 at Best of Minnesota Posted on January 12th, 2019 by


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Gustavus gymnastics team Saturday started its 2019 season, taking fourth at the Best of Minnesota Meet at the University of Minnesota. The Gusties scored 182.175, which is the highest team score in the first meet of the season in program history.

The Gophers won the meet with a score of 195.600. Hamline took second at 183.500 and Winona State placed third at 182.325.

“It was a great first meet,” Head Coach Aryn DeGrood said. “The team did what I asked them to do and performed well. We started off great on floor. Vault kept it going. Bars was decent considering we only competed five. We were rocky on beam but they fought hard.”

Gustavus’s strength was on the vault, scoring 46.900, which was the highest among the three Division III institutions. Sophia Redding (Fy., St. Paul, Minn.) and Samantha Ardy (Sr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored 9.525 and 9.450, respectively, which placed sixth and eighth, and were the top Division III marks.

Amanda Malo (Sr., Greenwood, Minn.) led the Gusties on the bars with a 9.225, taking ninth place (3rd/Div. III). Malo and Jamie Erdely (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.) each totaled 9.325 on the floor to place 10th (4th/Div. III). Samantha Tonjes (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) was awarded a 9.325 on the beam to take 13th (7th/Div. III).

“I was very pleased with what I saw out there today,” DeGrood said. “We certainly have lots of room for improvement but to score a 182 the first meet out is huge for us. The highest first meet score in my time at Gustavus which validates what we’ve known, this group is talented and prepared to do big things. We look forward to getting back in the gym and improving the areas that need it and continuing to fine tune everything else.”

Gustavus travels to UW-Oshkosh next Saturday.


One Comment

  1. Jim Malcolm says:

    Way to go Gusties! Congratulations!