Girls Gymnastics: Geneva, Oswego tune up for postseason
BY CHRIS WALKER For Sun-Times Media January 23, 2013 9:16PM
Updated: January 23, 2013 10:00PM
Oswego Co-op and Fenton visited Geneva on Wednesday night to finish the regular season girls gymnastics schedule, as well as prepare for conference meets and next week’s regionals.
The Vikings, who will travel to Lake Park on Saturday for the Upstate Eight Conference meet, won handily with 139.65 points.
Oswego Co-op, hosts of Saturday’s Independents Conference meet, was the runner-up with 135.3 points while Fenton finished with 102.75.
“We put in a lot of new skills today and just wanted to see how they would perform,” Geneva coach Kim Hostman said. “We had a lot of mistakes on floor and bars but we wanted to try these things before conference.”
It was Senior Night at Geneva as the school honored standout Ashley Puff, Jenna Ginsberg and junior varsity’s Kesley Oswald. Jenna Ginsberg scored an 8.6 on vault while Puff won the all-around with a 35.65.
Puff admitted that it was far from a perfect meet for her, but she too was working on some things and possibly caught up in the festivities.
“It was very exciting tonight but definitely not one of our better meets,” she said. “We’re just trying to do some knew things and then throw them on the table on Saturday at conference.”
The night did deliver an unforgettable highlight for the Vikings as Dominique Brognia set a school record on bars with a 9.5. An adjustment to her mount proved to be the key alteration. Brognia also was second in the all-around with a 139.65.
“I had been consistent with it in practice but this was the first time I tried it in a meet,” Brognia said. “Getting a pep talk from my team and hearing everyone cheer really helped.”
Oswego Co-op treated the meet similarly to the Vikings, knowing full well that the biggest meet of the season lies ahead. Oswego Co-op will host the final regional in the Glenbard West sectional while Geneva will host on Friday.
“I wanted to give the girls plenty of opportunities tonight,” Oswego coach Sarah Dugan said. “We’re kind of nit-picking around to see what works best for the team and we might have a couple younger girls come in to help us fine-tune things.”
Emily Flammesrfeld edged Kathryn Maher, 35.05 to 34.25 for the team’s best all-around score. Flammersfeld also had the team’s lone 9, reaching the mark on bars.
Senior Amanda Padlo counted a fall on bars (8.1) but had a very clean effort on beam (8.55) as well as floor (8.5) for Oswego co-op.
Padlo ruptured her ACL around this time last year and missed the conference meet and regional. Now she’s looking ahead to her final career meets.
“We definitely are feeling pretty good,” she said. “A lot of the girls have stepped up and we’re excited to see what we can do next.”