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Positive gains at home invite
Dobbertin, Stamas place on floor at Tumble for Troops

by Kristin Sharp


Competing in camouflaged leotards, the Oswego co-op gymnastics team debuted its new auxiliary gym at Oswego High School to 10 teams competing in the Tumble for the Troops Invitational last Saturday.

The annual invite was revised this year, and a collection of items and monetary donations will go to Operation Support Our Troops America, which sends care packages to men and women serving in the country and around the world.

As the team's fourth year collecting for the cause, approximately $1,200 has been raised and about 400 pounds of donated items.

Geneva easily topped the field with an impressive score of 144.40, while DeKalb (135.875) and Lake Park (133.175) rounded out the top three. Oswego finished sixth overall with a 131.60.

"It's very nice to be in our own space. We were all looking forward to this meet; this is our big meet and we usually do well. We wanted to come in and do the best we could," Oswego junior co-captain Megan Dobbertin said.

Oswego opened the day on the vault, and sophomore Alexia Stamas was the first to compete, receiving a score of 8.525, while sophomore Alecia Sahatdjian was next, receiving an 8.2.

Junior Alayna Dieter had a strong second run to receive an 8.5 while junior Emily Flammersfeld scored an 8.625 and complete the team score of 33.85. Sophomore Jordyn Anderson also competed and received an 8.175.

"It's really starting to come together. One of the girls who hasn't landed her vault yet landed it today - Alayna - and those who stuck it last time didn't this time, so it just all needs to come together, but it will come," Oswego head coach Sarah Dugan said. "Vault is a good place to start. They get pumped up."

On the uneven bars, senior Hannah Mae Arney received a 7.25 before Sahatdjian scored 7.325 and Stamas scored a 7.675. Dieter was the final teammate to compete in the event and led the way with a score of 7.925.

Next on the balance beam, Oswego had just two falls out of the five competing gymnastics for a score of 33.625 on the event. Sophomore Mackenzie Kennedy was the first to compete and scored a 7.45 before Dobbertin and Flammersfeld received identical scores of 8.55. Dieter was the last to compete and topped out the team score with an 8.65.

"Overall, I'm really happy with our scores," Dugan said. "They've been trying to improve their presentation."

Oswego had a bittersweet finish on the floor, closing the day as the final team on the event. Sahatdjian scored a 7.875 before Dieter received a 7.8. Dobbertin and Stamas both received scores of 8.85 - which was good enough to send both to the awards stand in eighth place overall.

"That was really good. We had a really good time today just going out and trying our best," Dobbertin said. "I thought we all did really well and I couldn't be any happier."

"That's a really nice score for (Dobbertin and Stamas)," Dugan added. "They've been scoring in the low to mid 8's, so it's nice to see them get past that range.

Closing out the meet, Flammersfeld was the final gymnast to compete, but injured her ankle during a tumbling pass late in her routine and was unable to finish. She received a score of 8.375 despite the injury as the third best score for her team. Dugan expects Flammersfeld to miss a few weeks as she recovers.

Stamas finished with a 32.925 in the all around to place 17th out of 34 gymnasts while Dieter was right behind, scoring a 32.875.

"I feel like everything is getting stronger. There's nothing we can do but improve. We're cleaning up stuff now and stuck routines will be happening more consistently," Dobbertin.

Oswego will take an extended break from competition, returning Jan. 11 for the Lincoln-Way East Invite at 1 p.m. before the Fremd Invite on Jan. 18.

"We're really trying to stick the routines and make sure that each person gets at least one stuck routine in," Stamas added. "I feel like every meet we're improving and improving. The scores are getting better and the routines are getting cleaner. Each gymnast has their own strength and we're finding our places on the team."

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