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THROWBACK THREADS: Jays make fashion statement in win

With a photo bombing from a visiting coach, the Jamestown gymnastics team show off their findings of leotards from yesteryear during the Throwback Thursday meet. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Thursday's Giving Hearts Meet at Jamestown Gymnastics Club looked like something out of the movie Flashdance.

The Blue Jays rummaged through and donned the program's old leotards prior to competition, representing days gone by against visiting Fargo and Fargo Davies. Jamestown and its throwback threads posted a team score of 142.5 with the West Region competition on the horizon next Friday in Dickinson.

"I told the judges there better be no deductions for the uniform rule tonight," joked Jamestown gymnastics coach Dave Tews. "The girls had fun with it, and that's the big thing. They were relaxed."

Jamestown was coming off its third best team score in program history. The Blue Jays put up a 143.4 last week in Fargo, which holds the bronze to scores of 143.75 and 144.75 in past years, according to records compiled by Tews.

Tuesday's score was on par with Jamestown's current string of solid numbers. Eighth-grader Haley Nelson won the all-around (36.25) with wins on bars (9.15) and the floor routine (9.55).

Hannah Schiele continued her solid and steady senior campaign for the Jays, capturing the top marks on both vault (9.0) and beam (9.2) to finish second to Nelson in the all-around (36.0).

Jamestown senior Alexis Triebenbach scored her best floor number of the season wearing a leotard that appeared to have come out of the '90s. Her 9.0 was good enough for fourth place.

"Everything worked good for Alexis there. We're still trying stuff on bars," Tews said. "(Freshman) Rachel Schiele was sick and wasn't feeling really good, so she was down a little bit. Hannah had another really good meet."

Rachel Schiele came in just behind Nelson on bars (9.1) and finished fourth in the all-around (35.25). The Blue Jays tallied 35.65 on vault, 34.85 on bars, 35.25 on beam and 36.75 on floor.

"(Junior) Abby Kallenbach was out with an injured ankle, and she usually scores on vault for us but didn't compete," Tews said. "So we were down some depth."

Thursday's team mark was the third straight score over 142 for the Blue Jays, who appear to be entering the postseason in solid form. Jamestown hosts the state gymnastics meet Feb. 23-24, following next week's regional out west.

"It would be awesome to go into WDA and be consistent with where we've been the last three weeks," Tews said. "The girls are feeling good."

Blue Jay Giving Hearts Meet

Team results

1. Jamestown 142.5; 2. Fargo Davies 124.35; 3. Fargo 119.3.

Individual winners and Blue Jay results

All-around: 1. Haley Nelson, J, 36.25; 2. Hannah Schiele, J, 36.0; 4. Rachel Schiele, J, 35.25; 5. Alexis Triebenbach, J, 34.5; 6. Brenna Hatch, J, 33.35; 7. Makenna O'Neal, J, 33.2; 8. Emma Hillerud, J, 32.95; 9. Courtney Mack, J, 32.3.

Vault: 1. H. Schiele 9.0; 2. R. Schiele 8.95; 3. Triebenbach 8.9; 5. Nelson 8.8; 6. O'Neal 8.75; 8 (tie). Hillerud 8.55; Mack 8.55; 10 (tie). Hatch 8.4.

Bars: 1. Nelson 9.15; 2. R. Schiele 9.1; 3. H. Schiele 8.55; 5 (tie). Hillerud 8.05; O'Neal 8.05; 7. Hatch 8.0; 8. Triebenbach 7.85; 9. Mack 7.75.

Beam: 1. H. Schiele 9.2; 3 (tie). Triebenbach 8.75; Nelson 8.75; 5. Hatch 8.55; 8. R. Schiele 8.25; 9. Hillerud 7.7; 10. Mack 7.65; 11. O'Neal 7.55.

Floor: 1. Nelson 9.55; 3. H. Schiele 9.25; 4. Triebenbach 9.0; 5. R. Schiele 8.95; O'Neal 8.85; 7. Hillerud 8.65; 8 (tie). Hatch 8.4; 11. Mack 8.25

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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