Two days of competition came to and end, with two gymnasts left standing atop the podium.
Senior Jenni Giles of Madison won her third-straight Class A all-around title with a total score of 36.875, while Rapid City Stevens senior Jordyn Huneke posted a 38.475 to take home her first all-around title.
“I think (the all-around) title was up for grabs,” Huneke said. “I thought vault was going to be the key. After (Friday), I knew what adjustments I needed to make, and if I wasn’t able to hit I probably wouldn’t have done as well as I did (Saturday). I’m just really happy at how the day went for me.”
Getting off to a solid start from a scoring perspective can propel a competitor through the meet. The one apparatus most gymnasts would prefer not to begin with is the beam.
Huneke chose to change the way she approached her opening event from a mental standpoint.
“I don’t have any (preference) to what I begin with. I just don’t like to start with beam,” Huneke said. “Not many girls do. I just looked at it as ‘ok, I have it first, and I can get it out of the way.’ I think that helped with my overall performance.”
Aberdeen Central junior Aspyn Lundquist, competing in her first-ever all-around event, would finish in a tie for 13th place with a total score of 34.500.
“I’m just very proud of myself,” Lundquist said. “I got to start with vault, which is what I was hoping for. I tried not to put too much pressure on myself, and didn’t look at it like ‘if I don’t do well on it I’ll have a bad day.’ I think I could have done better on (vault and beam) but floor and bars went well for me, so I kinda exceeded my expectations a little.”
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Giles, who helped Madison to the overall team title Friday, did feel a little extra pressure coming into the individual meet.
“I knew there wasn’t much room for making mistakes and that I had to perform at a very high level,” Giles said. “I just had to keep my head in it. I think there was a target on my back after winning (team) and two-straight (individual) titles, but I was able to get through it. I knew it was going to be close all the way, and it was. Overall, it was just a lot of fun, and I’m very proud of being a part of (Madison) program.”
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