Gymnasts 2-2 after corralling Ponies

Dhaene stars at Faribault Invite

Forest Lake has vaulted back to .500 in the Suburban East Conference standings. The gymnasts picked up their second consecutive win with a 129.525-128.25 defeat of Stillwater here last Thursday.

The Rangers celebrated Parents’ Night by getting each team member into the lineup and setting a season-high score for varsity.

“It’s fun to see the girls who might not usually have a spot in the lineup get out there and gain some competitive experience,” said coach Ashley Brett. “They all handled the pressure very well.”

Junior Jessica Dhaene captured top honors on vault (9.25), bars (9.0) and floor (9.1) on her way to the all-around high score of 34.65.

Junior Merina Lenz tied for second on the floor with 8.3 points. She, Caitlin Freer, and team newcomer Lyndsey Anderson also competed all-around for the varsity.

Forest Lake gained nearly two full points over the Ponies on the floor routine. The beam continues to be a work in progress as the Rangers were plagued by falls again.

Izzy O’Neil highlighted the JV’s night with a season-high score of 8.0 which won the floor competition.

On Saturday, Forest Lake placed seventh with 132.05 points at the 16-team Faribault Invitational.

“This was such a fun meet to attend,” Brett said. “There was an upbeat atmosphere in the gym and the girls fed off of it.”

Lenz got things going with a score of 8.8 on the floor. Dhaene followed with a 9.3 on the vault, good for third place overall.

Dhaene then won the bars competition with a mark of 9.35.

“It was one of the best bar routines I’ve seen from her all season,” Brett said. “After she saluted the judge at the end of the routine she looked at me and said, ‘Whoa, that was really good.’”

Forest Lake had to count seven falls on the beam, costing 3.5 points.

“That is going to be our main focus until we can stay on more consistently,” Brett said.

Dhaene led the team in the event with a 7.85, followed by Anderson and Freer, who each scored 7.6.

Forest Lake added the 35th annual meet to its schedule just this year. It is put on by the Minnesota Gymnastics Judges Association. Defending state champion Northfield scored 147.18 to win the meet for a second consecutive year.

The Rangers were back in action this Wednesday for a dual meet at White Bear Lake.