Gymnasts set school record team score; will compete at Missota meet Friday

New Prague’s Jaimie Neidermayer flies on her dismount from the uneven bars Friday, Feb. 1, while coach Doug Amundsen spots forher. The Trojan senior took first on the all-around at the meet. To see more photos click on the blue button to the right. (Chuck Kajer photo)

The New Prague Trojan gymnastics team closed out its dual meet schedule with a pair of wins over Chaska/Chanhassen and Farmington last week, setting a new school scoring record in the process.

New Prague posted a score of 148.2 points at Chanhassen on Tuesday. Coach Doug Amundsen said that tops the previous high mark by more than a full point.

The Trojans (No. 2, Class A) finished with a 9-2 dual meet record, 6-2 in the Missota Conference.

New Prague travels to Red Wing for the Missota Conference championships Friday, Feb. 8. Other teams competing will be Farmington, Red Wing, Chaska/Chanhassen and Northfield (No. 1, Class AA).

Trojans 148.2, StormHawks 136.775 “There are very few words to describe it besides ‘awesome,’” is what Amundsen said of the team’s performance at Chanhassen, as the Trojans defeated host Chaska/ Chanhassen 148.2- 136.775.

“We were hitting everything,” Amundsen said. ‘We hit on 19 of 20 routines.”

The Trojans were at their best on the floor and beam, with all five competitors finishing with a score higher than 9.0. That was especially sweet on the beam, where the team had been struggling in recent weeks.

Sarah Hoffman scored 9.425 on the beam, followed by Jess Niedermayer (9.375), Brianna Ellanson (9.225), Bridget Ellanson (9.175) and Marissa Ekness (9.075).

On floor, Jess Niedermayer posted the Trojans’ top score with a 9.475, good for second place. Bridget Ellanson was third (9.45) and Jaimie Niedermayer fourth (9.325). Hoffman scored a 9.275 and Brianna Ellanson 9.25.

Jess Niedermayer posted the top score on bars, with a 9.575, followed by Ashley Nerud (9.225), Brianna Ellanson (8.75) and Jaimie Niedermayer (8.7).

On vault, Hoffman had the high score (9.5), followed by Jaimie Niedermayer (9.375) and Bridget Ellanson and Sydney Samson tied for third at 9.175.

Bridget Ellanson won the all-around with a score of 35.825.

The Trojan JV posted a score of 135.7. Hannah Piehl won the all-around with a 35.05. She had the top score on vault (8.7) and tied with Christine Simon on bars. Jaimie Neidermayer scored 9.2 on the floor and Simon had an 8.75 on the floor.

Trojans 142.05, Tigers 134.52 Scores were down for the Trojans in their final dual meet of the season, however the team still won by nearly eight points, over Farmington, 142.05-134.2 Friday, Feb. 1.

Trojan senior Jaimie Niedermayer celebrated senior night by winning the allaround with a score of 35.825, as well as on the floor exercise with a 9.2. Her twin sister Jess also claimed a first place finish with a 9.0 on the bars, while teammate Brianna Ellanson claimed first on the beam with an 8.85.

Taking second for New Prague were Meghan Dubanoski on vault with a 9.325, Jess Niedermayer on beam (8.825) and Nerud on bars (8.875).

Third place finishers for the Trojans were Jaimie Niedermayer on vault (9.3) and bars (8.8), Hoffman and Bridget Ellanson on floor (9.05).

The Trojans got fourth place finishes from Jaimie Niedermayer on beam (8.525) and Simon on bars (8.35).

The Trojan JV scored 135.5. top scores were posted by Piehl (9.3 on vault, 8.8 on floor and 34.95 on allaround), Bridget Ellanson on bars (8.6) and beam (8.85).