Tiger gymnasts fall to powerful New Ulm team

Coming off their best performance of the season, the Marshall gymnastics team didn’t have quite the same success in its dual against New Ulm Monday night.

On the road and away from their friendly confines where they scored 109.25 points last Thursday, the Tigers scored a 101.45 Monday. It was well behind the Eagles’ score of 137.45 and also a ways behind their team-best score, but Marshall head coach Lindsay Wolff said she didn’t feel Monday’s effort was anything her girls should hang their heads about.

“It’s hard to have a Monday meet coming off the weekend when you don’t even have a day to practice,” Wolff said. “We’re still definitely seeing some improvement in different areas. Our vault is steadily getting up there in the 8s for the girls, and the bars are starting to improve, too.”

The Tigers had four gymnasts score an 8.0 or above on the vault on Monday. Meg Ellis had the top score at 8.5.

Natalie Rademacher had the Tigers’ top all-around score at 26.85. She led the way for the team on the uneven bars, an event the young squad has struggled with this year, with a score of 7.05.

Shannyn Chelsey led the way in the floor exercise with a 6.55, and Ellis had the top score in the balance beam with a 6.7.

“The beam and the floor exercise are the events that vary for us from meet to meet,” Wolff said. “Meg was a little sick for us so we didn’t put her on floor today, and she’s one of our anchors there so we knew we would be down a little bit. And we had a couple more falls on beam than we did on Thursday.

“But overall, even though the scores didn’t necessarily show it, we could see some steady improvement in some of the routines.”

The Tigers return home for a Southwest Conference dual against Luverne on Thursday when they’ll try to get back to the form they showed last week.