The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Thursday announced Gustavus gymnastics coach Aryn DeGrood as its 2017 Women’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year based on voting conducted by the league coaches. DeGrood has directed the Gusties to a record-setting season as they have tallied six of the program’s all-time top 10 team scores this year alone. She has also coached three gymnasts that have qualified for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championship, which takes place March 31-April 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
The Gustavus gymnastics team competed in its final meet of the season Friday at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/National Collegiate Gymnastics Association West Regional, hosted by Winona State University. The Gusties took seventh of eight teams, scoring 185.625, which is also the third best team score in program history. Gustavus scored 47.625 on floor, 47.050 on vault, 46.475 on bars, and 44.475 on beam.
The Gustavus gymnastics teams has been preparing all season long for this meet and its finally here. The Gusties are set to compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/National Collegiate Gymnastics Association West Regional, which takes place March 17-19 at the host site Winona State University.
Alex Kopp (Sr., Wayzata, Minn.) led Gustavus Adolphus in its regular season finale against UW-La Crosse last Friday, which was also the last home meet at the Sponberg Gymnastics Studio. She placed second on vault with a 9.575, third on bars with a career-high 9.500, sixth on beam with a 9.275, and won the floor exercise with a season-high 9.650. Kopp’s efforts combined for a first place all-around finish with a season-high 38.000.
The Gustavus gymnastics team hosted the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Friday in its final home meet of the season, falling by a score of 188.900-184.725. The Gusties’ total score is the fourth best in program history as they now prepare for the regional qualifier next weekend.
The Gustavus gymnastics team hosts its final home meet of the season at 6:30 p.m. tonight, taking on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference dual. The Gusties enter the meet with a 2-12 overall record and 2-3 mark in the WIAC, while the Eagles are the top team in the league at 6-0 and 7-2 overall.
Gustavus gymnastics specialist Sam Ardy (So., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) had a career performance on at the Blugold Invitational on March 3. She led the Golden Gusties on both vault and uneven bars and was the second-highest score on the balance beam. Ardy tied for first on bars with a score of 9.475. She had a career high on vault after throwing a new skill and placing second with a season-high 9.55. On the balance beam, Ardy placed sixth with a 9.425. She helped lead the Gusties to the second-highest team score of the season and third-highest team score in program history.
The Gustavus gymnastics team took third at the Blugold Invite Friday, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Gusties posted a team score of 184.750, which is third best in school history, while host UW-Eau Claire won the meet at 186.300 – UW-Stout took second at 185.175.
The Gustavus gymnastics team is set for a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference invite at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Blugold Invite features the host Blugolds, Gustavus, and UW-Stout. Gustavus enters the meet with a 2-10 overall record and 2-3 mark in the WIAC, while UW-Eau Claire is 2-11 (1-4 WIAC), and UW-Stout is 3-5 (2-2 WIAC).
The Gustavus gymnastics team competed in the Best of Minnesota meet Sunday, hosted by the University of Minnesota, and took fourth place with a total of 184.550. The annual meet features all four collegiate gymnastics teams in the state of Minnesota.