The Ranger gymnastics team hosted Roseville last Tuesday, falling to the Raiders 140.825-132.05, then bounced back to defeat Hastings on the road two days later by 10 points.
Head coach Ashley Brett said the Roseville meet was chaotic with last-minute lineup changes due to scheduling conflicts, resulting in a key varsity athlete, ninth-grader Lilly Foss, missing performances on the bars and beam.
Foss was still able to compete on vault, where she aided the Rangers in sweeping the event. Junior Lyndsey Anderson took first with a score of 9.0, followed by Foss (8.95) in second, and senior Julia Walton in third place (8.6).
Senior Megan Parentau scored a season-high 9.2 on the floor to earn second place. Anderson finished third in the all-around with a score of 33.9.
Two days later against Hastings, Forest Lake swept again on vault with a one-two-three finish by the trio of Anderson, Foss and Walton. Foss took first place on bars while Anderson placed second.
Walton captured a season-high 8.6 on beam, followed by a third-place finish by senior Katie Dison in the event. Parentau took first place on the floor with a score of 9.15, while Foss won the all-around competition with a 33.275.
Brett said stacking up two events in the same week can wear gymnasts down, and she is glad for the holiday break to give her girls a rest before adding more difficulty to their routines.
“Two meets in three days really can take a toll on a gymnast’s body, and we saw a little bit of that on Thursday,” Brett said. “Our score did go down a little, and we saw a few more errors, but many of the girls also increased their difficulty, especially on floor.”
The Rangers are now 3-1 and next travel to Faribault for an invitational starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.