Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht cheers on Delaney Sifferle as she finishes her vault that earned her a season high 8.85 and second place.
Gracie Elsenpeter connects with the vault while her coach Kaitlyn Helmbrect cheers her on and Paul Fouquette prepares to assist. Elsenpeter was ninth on the vault, but finished first on both the bars and on the floor Saturday.
Katelyn Fuller performs on the bars. She finished 8th with a score of 7.1.
Halle Geyen performs for her sixth-place finish on the bars at Maple Lake’s Tumble in the Jungle. The Irish placed first out of five teams.
The Maple Lake gymnasts were back on the mat, Friday, Jan. 9, after a four-week holiday break, to take on Rush City on the road.
Although the Irish lost, Coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said it was a good starting point for their first meet back after such a long break.
Maple Lake junior, Jordan Sifferle, had probably the best day of all the Irish gymnasts. Her shining moment was a beautifully executed Pike Tsuk off the vault, Helmbrecht said.
According to Amy Van Deusen, gymnastics expert from About Sports, in a Tsuk the gymnast jumps off the springboard and performs a quarter turn onto the horse, then pushes off her hands and does a back flip, often with multiple twists, or even more than one flip. Sifferle performed a 1/1/2 back flip to impress the judges, Friday.
“Jordan just had a really good meet overall,” Helmbrecht said.
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