It turns out the Hot Springs Bison gymnasts are human after all. Following a string of team wins this season, the Bison gymnasts for the first time finished a meet without taking top honors after finishing sixth overall among a field of 12 schools competing Saturday at the Madison Varsity Invite.
Host team Madison dominated the standings, scoring 138.525 points, good enough to best second place finishing Deuel by nearly two points. The two teams accounted for most of the scoring Saturday, with third place Chamberlain trailing Deuel by over 12 points.
Gymnasts from the top two teams populated nearly all of the top spots for individual events, with Montrose’s Jocelyn Krouse being the only gymnast not from Madison or Deuel to finish in the top three of any event.
Bulldog senior Jenni Giles was a powerhouse at the invite finishing first overall in the all-around (36.975), first on the balance beam (9.55), first on the floor (9.5), and tying for first with Deuel’s Morgan Kwasniewski in vault (9.075).
Kwasniewski finished second place in all around (36.395), taking first place on the uneven bars (9.275), in addition to the tie in vault. She finished second on the floor (9.45) and fifth on the beam (8.70)
The balance beam was the only event that featured a placing Bison, with Josie Haden finishing seventh with a score of 8.45.
Hot Springs team score was 121.8.
The Bison will face tough competition again this Friday when they travel to Rapid City for Central’s varsity invite.