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Geneva's troopers stick with it at Oswego

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By Chris Walker
Daily Herald Correspondent

The flu bug has hit some of the Geneva girls gymnastics team, but that didn't stop the Vikings from hitting on most of their events during Saturday's Tumble for the Troops Invitational at Oswego.

Geneva sisters Grace Ginsberg and Claire Rose Ginsberg were still able to compete despite the illness and helped the Vikings to an easy, yet impressive, victory with 144.4 points. They finished comfortably ahead of runner-up DeKalb/Sycamore co-op's 135.875.

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"It was kind of surprising that we did this well with three girls with the flu but they fought through it," Geneva coach Kim Hostman said. "The girls had a very nice meet."

Senior Dominique Brognia led the way for the Vikings by winning the all-around with a 36.875.

Brognia's battling injuries of her own as she's got a severe case of shin splints which causes her to ice often, including in between events, as she did on Saturday.

"She's just a really tough girl who will work through whatever she needs to," Hostman said. "It's nice to see her have this kind of success. Last year she was a strong gymnast but was that second kid behind Ashley (Puff). Now she's just being really consistent for us every meet."

Brognia also won the bars with a 9.175 and floor exercise with a 9.35.

Claire Rose Ginsberg's symptoms couldn't stop her from taking third in the all-around with a 36.45. She also was able to take top honors on beam with a 9.525.

"We watered down her routines completely, just to get her through," Hostman said. "And still we left very excited about our score and we did an outstanding job -- especially on beam."

The Vikings recorded four of the top five scores on beam with Brognia's 9.2, Claire Scatterday's 9.175 and Grace Ginsberg's 9 all following the winning total by Claire Rose Ginsberg.

Lake Park took third place with a 133.175.

"They did a really great job and really had one of their best meets of the year," Lancers coach Jake Luketin said. "I think a lot of the younger girls are showing what they're capable of doing."

The Lancers performed well despite being without captain Erica Mack, who was sick, and top bars gymnast, Rachel Fisher, who had a prior family commitment.

Annalise Donati took fourth on beam with a 9.075 and Linnae Capuder tied for 10th on bars with an 8.475 for the Lancers.

Alyssa Konkel led the U-46 co-op to fourth place with a 133.125 as she took fifth in the all-around with a 35.175.

Wheaton co-op was fifth with a 132.925. Lenna Klein, one of the top vaulters in the state, was second with a 9.475. Audrey Channon was sixth on beam with an 8.975 and Julie Galo tied for fourth on floor with a 9.025.

Megan McGee paced Batavia to seventh place with a 131.325. McGee took second on floor with a 9.2 and finished with a 34.275 in the all-around.

Glenbard East (129.40) followed the Bulldogs, as did Glenbard West (126.85) and Stevenson (119.30).

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