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12-17-03: Cavalier tumblers get rolling at home


COLDWATER — For a first home meet, Coldwater gymnastics coach Jane Diller was happy about her team’s performance.
The Cavaliers easily won the team title against an under-personed Columbus Grove team 124.5 to 79.3 at The Palace on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs had just four girls make the trip and had just three in three of the events.
Coldwater’s team score was close to the goal the team set this season for meets, making Diller especially happy.
“It was really nice because a lot of the girls got to compete in a lot of events,” said Diller. “It was encouraging to see the girls attempt new things. We didn’t do everything to perfection, but they tried new things and did very well. I was very pleased with our team score. Our season goal was 125, so we’ll bump it up a bit and hopefully do a little better.”
Coldwater made up for it with some strong showings in the all-around. Cavalier Danielle Rutschilling, the anchor-scorer the past two seasons, won the all-around with a score of 32.3. Janelle Jansen finished second with 30.3 while Ashley Kraft was third with 30.0. Jodi Stanley was fourth with 29.4.
Coldwater had some balanced scoring in most of its top scores in close range of each other. On the vault, the Cavaliers had seven scores between 7.5 and 7.7.
“We’re trying new vaults this season and have a higher start value,” said Diller, referring to the fact that different vaults have minimum scores with additional points earned for execution. “That would bump up the score.”
Rutschilling had high overall scores in two events, recording an 8.5 on the uneven bars and wrapping up the night with an 8.4 on the vault.
Kraft came up with the top beam score of the night with an 8.1.
Rutschilling nearly had a 3-for-4 night after scoring an 8.0 during the floor exercise, but Grove’s Melody VonAlmen denied a perfect Cavalier night by scoring an 8.2 for high honors.
Even though the team title was wrapped up before the start, Diller was happy of the overall team performance and effort.
“I always tell the girls, since we’ll face some teams that may not have as many girls or they may be highly skilled, we play as a team and work individually to do our very best,” said Diller. “Regardless of what the other team does, either way above us or below us, we need to do our best and keep improving.”
Coldwater gets one more meet in before Christmas when the Cavaliers host Troy and Findlay for a triangular meet on Tuesday starting at 2 p.m.


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