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Prep Roundup: NLS gymnastics posts a record score in tight dual

Jan. 25—NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer gymnastics team put in its best team score in school history but fell short against Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka on Thursday.

WM/MW won 144.125 to 144.075 in the Wright County Conference dual.

"We broke the school record," NLS head coach Cindy Jacobson said of the Wildcats' team score. "It was our last home meet for our seniors. It was pretty cool."

Abby Knudsen, a junior, earned a career-best 37.025 in the all-around. The school record in the all-around is 37.225, which was set by Ciera Anderson in 2022. Anderson, a senior, placed third in the all-around at 36.400.

"It was an exciting night," Jacobson said. "(The girls) were very happy with the meet."

Knudsen tied for first place on floor with WM/MW's Maggie McCabe. Each scored 9.425. Knudsen also scored 9.425 on vault to take second, placing second on beam with a 9.300 and third on bars with a 8.875.

Anderson was first on beam with a 9.325 and third on both floor (9.375) and vault (9.350).

Delaney Barber scored her personal best on floor for the Wildcats, earning a 9.175.

"She has really stepped up and has done a good job for us," Jacobson said.

Maddie Brey, a senior, recorded a personal record on vault at 9.200.

"She's kind of our Steady Eddie that can bring in good scores for us,' Jacobson said.

NLS, ranked No. 7 in Class A, next competes in the Class A State True Team meet beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Worthington.

"The girls are peaking at the right time," Jacobson said. "They're just really excited about their honor to make it to true team and put in a good showing."

Willmar lost to Brainerd in a Central Lakes Conference dual at Willmar..

Brainerd is 5-1 in the conference and 6-1 overall in duals. The Cardinals are 1-5 and 1-6.

Anthony Buzzeo and Matthew Lammers each had individual wins for Willmar. Buzzeo won the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 10:31 seconds and Lammers took first in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.12.

The Cardinals also got a win from their 400 freestyle relay team (3:33.40). The quartet was Jacob Loerzel, Soren Newberg, Evan Wallestad and David Lammers.

Willmar's next meet is 6 p.m. Thursday at Sauk Rapids.