Due to scheduling and cancellations, the Stow-Munroe Falls gymnastics had more than a month between meets.
The Bulldogs' return to action last week was anything but smooth.
First, Stow took on Cuyahoga Falls Jan. 10 at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium and lost by a razor-thin margin 132.65-132.35.
"It's a pretty good score for us," said Stow coach Kallie Stallard. "One of our better girls [senior Brooke Smith] was unable to compete because she got injured in the warm up."
But Stallard said the real shock for her team came at the Rock-N-Roll Invitational at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Jan. 12.
Stow finished ninth in the 10-team third session with a score of 125.775.
"We didn't do very well, but it was an eye opener to what we need to do," Stallard said. "That's our lowest score in three years at the Rock-N-Roll."
Stallard said her team was a bit overwhelmed by the field at the Rock-N-Roll.
"Part of it was that they were looking at the other gymnasts and seeing how good they were," Stallard said. "They know now that we need to concentrate on ourselves. It's the first time that we went to a big meet this year."
Stow did not have any top five performances at the invitational.
Senior Cathy Suchy led the Bulldogs with an all-around score of 32.
Against Falls, Stallard said her team didn't look like it was rusty, despite the month-long layoff.
"We did have a lot of practices over break," Stallard said. "Maybe because we haven't had a meet in a while, there were a bit more nerves than usual."
In the all around, Stallard said junior Cece Keen had her best score in a long time by posting a 33.75. However, that was only good for third place. Sophomore Erin Kolke was fourth with a 32.75.
"I think Erin and Cece and [freshman] Faith [Brown] did a good job; it's that our fourth scorer was inconsistent that we lost," Stallard said.
Falls freshman Maddie Johnson won the all-around with 34.5 points, while Falls Nicole Rozsa was second with 34.0.
On the vault, Brown took second with a score 8.75, while Kolke was fourth with a score of 8.55.
On the balance beam, Brown earned a first-place tie with Johnson with score of 9.1, while Keen was second with a score of 8.5.
Stow dominated the floor exerise, as Keen and Brown each scored 9.1 to share first place, while Suchy scored a 9.0 to take second, while Kolke scored an 8.9 to share third with Johnson.
However, Stow's downfall came on the uneven bars.
Stow's top scorer was Keen, who shared third with Falls' Stephanie Rozsa with a score of 7.8. Johnson won the event with a score of 8.4, while Nicole Rozsa was second with an 8.1.
"Bars is our weakest event," Stallard said. "We're starting to get stronger, but we're not there yet."
Stow remains without the services of sophomore state qualifier Jen Rinaldi due to injury. Stallard said she does not know if Rinaldi will be able to return this season.
Stow was set to host Twinsburg at Flytz Gymnastics Jan. 18, but results weren't available press time.
Up next for the Bulldogs is the NOC Championships. The championships will take place at Medina Feb. 2.