Gymnasts earn second at Section 7AA meet

FL sends two individuals to state

 

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The Forest Lake gymnastics squad closed its season at the Section 7AA meet in St. Francis over weekend with 135.975 points, just missing a state bid as the team closest behind champion Cambridge-Isanti, which had 136.900 points.

Two gymnasts will represent the Rangers as individuals at state this weekend: senior Jessica Dhaene and sophomore Lyndsey Anderson.

Dhaene earned the trip after taking first in the all-around competition and on vault with a scores of 35.525 and 9.275, respectively. The senior will also compete on floor (8.925) and bars (8.600) at state after earning second and third place in the events.

This will be Dhaene’s fourth state appearance, and head coach Ashley Brett said she thinks the nerves of post-season competition have worn off and the co-captain will keep progressing to reach and exceed her season-high all-around score of 37.0.

“She’s definitely had some setbacks this season with injury, but she’s come back stronger before,” Brett said. “I think nerves had the best of her at sections, but even with two falls [floor and beam], she still won the all-around. She should have a good chance of placing at state.”

Anderson will be competing at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion this weekend in two events after taking third in the section all-around competition with a score of 34.2 and second on bars with a 8.650.

The sophomore also recorded top-10 finishes in the three remaining events, placing eighth on the floor (8.550), ninth on vault (8.550) and 10th on beam (8.45).

The gymnast’s high score to beat at state this weekend is 34.9.

“She has been very consistent all year,” Brett said. “She’s worked diligently this season with the goal of making it to state.”

Not earning state bids, but still ending their seasons on high notes were junior Katie Dison and eighth-grader Lilly Foss.

Dison recorded four top-10 finishes at the section meet. She took eighth in both bars and the all-around event with scores of 8.000 and 33.225, and 10th on beam and floor with marks of 8.450 and 8.475.

Foss took seventh on the bars with 8.200 points and ninth in the all-around competition with a score of 32.775.

Closing their high school careers were seniors Carolin Rieber, Cassie Geisner and co-captains Amanda Williamson and Merina Lenz, who suffered a concussion during the final home meet against East Ridge.

“I could not be more proud of the girls,” Brett said. “Instead of dwelling on a second-place finish instead of a first-place one they are already looking toward next year.  The fact that we had all four of our all-arounders in the top 10 shows that we are a strong team and we should be in the running again next year.”

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