PREP GYMNASTICS: Tigers get tripped up by New Ulm 137.675-128.200 in home finale

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Saphi McFarquhar performs on the uneven bars during their meet against New Ulm on Monday.

MARSHALL – The Marshall gymnastics team wrapped up its home schedule on Monday night with a matchup against New Ulm. Though the Tigers fell to the Eagles 137.675-128.200, it didn’t stop them from celebrating Senior Night, with Marshall honoring their three seniors: Emily Meiners, Sarah Bucher and Madison Schumacher.

Marshall coach Larvita McFarquhar said the three seniors have done a lot for the team through their encouragement and leadership.

“Just their encouragement to the other girls, telling them they can do it,” coach McFarquhar said. “Also just being there and trying new things themselves to help the other girls step up and see what the other possibilities are out there that they can do.”

Saphi McFarquhar led the way for the Tigers, placing fourth in the vault (8.900), first on the balance beam (9.525), second on the floor exercise (9.125) and first in the all-around (35.075). Taliya McFarquhar took third in the all-around (32.225) while Kaitlyn Matzner took fourth (30.475) and Mikayla Chesley took fifth (28.200) in the same category.

Coach McFarquhar said she was pleased with her team’s performance and their ability to fight through a couple of injuries right before the meet.

“I was very proud of the girls, they all stepped up,” coach McFarquhar said. “We had a couple of injuries before the meet, and they all worked through it and kept going, so I was proud of them.”

Coach McFarquhar added their key throughout the meet was trying the “bigger skills” and having that confidence during their routines.

“Going for the bigger skills, even though they were a little shaky on them,” coach McFarquhar said. “Just being able to go for them and believing in themselves. I saw the confidence improving.”

Marshall will face Luverne on Thursday at 6 p.m. Coach McFarquhar said their biggest takeaway will be to clean up their mistakes on the beam and vault.

“We’ve got to stay on the beam. Our biggest thing too is our vault hurts us because we don’t have a high enough start value,” coach McFarquhar said. “Even though they are nailing the vault which is awesome, they’re not going to get the high value that they need. We’ll try and go into the next couple of meets and try and learn a new skill and figure that out.”