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Blugolds take third at John Zuerlein Invite

Photo by Bill Hoepner, UWEC Photo
Photo by Bill Hoepner, UWEC Photo

MENOMONIE, Wis. ( – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire gymnastics team competed at UW-Stout's John Zuerlein Invitational on Friday night, finishing in third place with a score of 179.175.


UW-Stout won the invite with a score of 186.825 while Hamline University was second with 180.725.

Ashley Benes (So.- Grand Rapids, MN) led Eau Claire on the vault with a third place finish (9.525) and also tallied the highest Blugold finish on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.050 to take sixth place.

Tayla Thome (Fr. – Medina, OH/Buckeye) tied for fifth on the balance beam with a 9.475 while Kiya Bjorge (Sr. - Kennewick, WA/Southridge) was third on the floor exercise.

The Blugolds will be back in McPhee Saturday, Feb. 9th as they host Gustavus Adolphus College at 4 p.m. Follow the action on Blugold Game Day or on the 'UWEC Blugolds' app on your mobile device.