Blugold Gymnasts Finish First at Ozone Collegiate Classic

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire gymnastics team traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in the Ozone Collegiate Invitational with Centenary College (La.), UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Stout and came in first place today.

The Blugolds finished with a score of 184.600, the sixth highest team score in school history.  Centenary finished second with a score of 184.275 points, a mere .325 points behind the Blugolds.  UW-Oshkosh finished third and UW-Stout fourth.

Eau Claire posted the highest team score on both the beam (46.950 points) and the floor exercise (47.050 points). 

On the beam, Blugold Olivia Aschenbrenner (Jr.-Cedarburg, Wis./Grafton) finished first with a score of 9.650, a season-high.

Cece Solem (Sr.-Mendota Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley) scored the highest finish for the Blugolds in the floor exercise, with a mark of 9.525, a career-high.  It was enough for second place overall on the floor.

Kellie Dougherty (Fr.-White Bear Lake, Minn.) had the highest score for the Blugolds on the uneven bars, with a score of 9.075, which was the fifth highest overall. It was also her career-high.

Finally, on the vault, Danielle Schulzetenberg (Sr.-Maple Grove, Minn.) scored a team high 9.400 to finish in eighth place.

This was the Blugolds' second straight first place finish, after finishing first in the UW-Eau Claire Invitational last Friday.

The Blugolds will look to continue their strong start to the season when they host UW-Stout on Tuesday, January 29.  The meet will be held at McPhee Physical Education Center beginning at 6 p.m.

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