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Park 2013 graduate Kasondra Tulloch recently wrapped up a successful freshman season with the University of Wisconsin-Stout gymnastics team, setting the school record on the bars. (Submitted photo)

Gymnastics: Park grad Tulloch sets Stout record

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Park 2013 graduate Kasondra Tulloch recently wrapped up a successful freshman season with the University of Wisconsin-Stout gymnastics team.

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Tulloch competed on the bars, the beam and in the floor exercise for the Blue Devils this past season, setting the school record on the bars.

“I am a big believer that natural consequences occur in sports and in life,” said Becky Beaulieu, University of Wisconsin-Stout head gymnastics coach, in an email. “Freshmen, Kasondra Tulloch from Cottage Grove, MN is a perfect example of that. Tulloch is very hard working and coachable. This paid off as she broke the uneven bar school record.”

Tulloch set a new individual school record on the uneven bars with a 9.750 at the 24th Annual Masters Classic at the University of Nebraska, surpassing Meghan Hargens’ mark of 9.725 set in 2009. Hargen went on to win the national title on the uneven bars the next season. Tulloch’s previous best score on the bars of her young collegiate career was an 8.825.

Tulloch was the only Blue Devil mark to finish in the top 10 places, placing 10th at the meet. Nebraska, the eighth ranked team in the NCAA Division I dominated the meet, capturing the top marks on all four individual events (19685). Kentucky, a Division I program, was second (195.20) and Bridgeport, a Division II program, was third (190.35). Stout finished fourth (188.65) in the four team field. The Blue Devils’ score was a team record, surpassing the mark of 185.70 that was set during the 2013 season. Stout also set new marks on the vault (47.575) and the uneven bars (47.400).

At Park, Tulloch was a three-time all-conference gymnast and three-time Section 3AA all-around champion. She earned all-state three times and all-American honors three times.

At Park, she ranks No. 2 all-time in the vault with a 9.8; No.2 on bars with a 9.75; No. 4 on beam with a 9.725; No. 4 in the floor exercise with a 9.75, and No. 3 in the all-around with a 38.55.

“She was one of the most decorated gymnasts in Park history and was a pleasure to coach,” said former Park head gymnastics coach Mark Sikich. “Even if you put all the records aside, she was a wonderful student-athlete that may only come around once in a coach’s lifetime.

“I am so proud of all of our former kids and their successes after graduating from Park High School.”

-Patrick Johnson

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