Dhaene earns first Ranger gymnastics medal since ‘08

Senior Jessica Dhaene holds her pose during her floor routine inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The co-captain medaled with a fifth-place finish on the vault with a season-high score. Photo by Bill Jones

Senior Jessica Dhaene holds her pose during her floor routine inside the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The co-captain medaled with a fifth-place finish on the vault with a season-high score. Photo by Bill Jones

 

Senior Jessica Dhaene and sophomore Lyndsey Anderson represented Forest Lake in the state gymnastics meet at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion over the weekend.

Dhaene captured the first Forest Lake gymnastics state medal since 2008 with a fifth-place finish on the vault. Her average score of two vaults for 9.575 points was a season best.

Head coach Ashley Brett said that it was a strong showing by the co-captain.

“It is on the list of best vaults I have ever seen her do,” Brett said.

Dhaene advanced to the state tournament by qualifying in the all-around competition, vault, bars and floor.

She closed her high school career with a 21st-place finish on the uneven bars with 9.025 points and took 23rd on floor with a mark of 9.187. Dhaene took 24th in the all-around with a score of 35.700.

Sophomore Bailey DuPay of Northfield took the all-around title with a standout score of 38.875, nearly a full point from the runner-up from Roseville.

Sophomore Lyndsey Anderson twists mid-air during her floor routine at the state tournament over the weekend. Photo by Bill Jones

Sophomore Lyndsey Anderson twists mid-air during her floor routine at the state tournament over the weekend. Photo by Bill Jones

 

Anderson made her state debut, and finished strong with a 29th-place finish in the all-around event with 34.850 points.

Anderson also took 23rd on the bars with a score of 8.8500.
Brett said the state newcomer performed well despite the intimidating atmosphere.

“She was very poised, especially for a first-time state competitor,” Brett said. “State is on a much larger stage than any other meet we go to.  It is loud, it is big, and it is nerve racking.  You never would have guessed this was her first trip.”

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