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Esky gymnasts qualify for regionals

Courtesy photo The Escanaba gymnastics team scored 120.70 points to qualify for regionals for the first time in school history during a triangular meet with Marquette and Negaunee Saturday in Marquette. Pictured in front are Esky coaches Theresa Pascoe and Brent Martin. From left, team members pictured in back are: Caitlyn Davenport, Alexis Peippo, Abbie Derouin, Lizzy Sliva, Jasmine Clark and Maddy Block.

MARQUETTE — For the first time in school history, the Escanaba gymnastics team is headed to regionals.

The Eskymos scored 120.70 points in a triangular meet with Marquette and Negaunee Saturday in Marquette, giving them their fourth score of above 120 points, which is needed to qualify for regionals.

Marquette finished with 115.30 points and Negaunee finished with 106.45.

“It was a great day to be an Eskymo. This is part of history for our gymnastics team to qualify as a team,” Esky coach Theresa Pascoe said.

“I didn’t know if our team would score 120 points today after a slow start on floor. Beam wasn’t the greatest but we pulled together and kept on cheering for each other to do good. Vault has been a strong event for us this year and (uneven) bars are coming along nicely. We didn’t give up, but we were hoping Abbie Derouin would do good on bars to clinch the 120 points we needed. Abbie came through with a solid routine.”

Derouin finished first with 8.6 points on bars, second on vault (8.8), third on floor (8.3), fifth on beam (7.0) and third in all-around (32.7).

“Even though it was a rough start, we kept a positive attitude and came together to get our final qualifying score for regionals,” Derouin said. “I am so proud of everyone!”

Maddy Block took first on vault (9.0), fifth on bars (7.0) and fourth in all-around (30.1).

“I am so excited to be a part of this,” Block said. “Everyone did an amazing job in achieving something that’s never been done before.”

Lizzy Sliva placed third on bars (7.8), fifth on vault (8.15) and fifth in all-around (29.25).

“We had a rough start, but in the end we all worked hard to get our fourth qualifying score for regionals,” Sliva said. “I am very proud of everyone!”

Caitlyn Davenport was Esky’s other top finisher with a fourth-place finish on floor (8.2).

Marquette’s Haddie Ketzenberger took first in all-around (35.0) and Negaunee’s May Waters was second (33.2).

“I am so pleased with all the girls and the dedication these girls have shown throughout the season thus far,” Pascoe said. “I hope we will continue to improve even more within the next two weeks. I can’t say enough about this group of young ladies and the enthusiasm that comes with them to the meets.”

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