Redding sets new bars program record at UW-Whitewater



WHITEWATER, Wis. – Saturday afternoon Sophia Redding (Sr., St. Paul) etched his name in the Gustie Gymnastics record book by breaking the bars program record in the doubleheader against UW-Whitewater with a 9.7. The record was previously held by Sam Ardy ’19 during the 2017-18 season (9.675). The Gusties took a 187.575-182.400 loss for the Warhawks.

“The encounter started off with a bang, capped off by Sophie breaking the school record,” head coach Aryn DeGrood said. “Our bar team fought for everything and it paid off. We continued our momentum on vault with a solid score for us at this stage of the season.

Redding paved the way for bars while Annie Corbett (Jr., Brookfield, Wis.) nailed on a fourth-place finish in the event scoring 9.350. Additionally, Corbett came second in the all-around (36.8).

Carry on the momentum Gustie, newcomer Marley Michaud (Fy., Sartell) took a fourth place on vault (9.450), and Kendra Smaby (So., Palo Alto, CA) placed fifth on beam (9.375).

“We made a lot of unusual mistakes on floor and some of them carried over to beam where the nerves just got the better of us. It was only our second meeting of the year after a solid first meeting and our first traditional doubles meeting format since February 2020. It takes some getting used to and we’ve seen a bit of an impact this afternoon. Our seniors carried us this encounter with Sophie breaking the record and Brooke having a great encounter overall. They set the mark for the team to stand up.

Gustavus ended the night with a pair of first five ground finishes with Brooke Merila (Sr., St. Michael) scoring a 9.525 for third and Jenna Griffith (Jr., Brooklyn Center) posting a 9.5 in fourth.

“Overall, we’re happy with some things and have room for growth in other areas. Improving our first encounter score is a confidence boost and we know that when we eliminate mistakes, we will make big waves.

The Gusties are back in action when they travel to Hamline on January 28.


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