As the Forest Lake gymnastics team nears the close of its regular season, the Rangers aim to finish a place higher in the Suburban East Conference than last year’s fourth-place finish in the conference.
Forest Lake is 6-2 this season, losing only to 2013 state champion Roseville and a talented 9-1 East Ridge squad, which defeated the Rangers last Thursday, 142.175-136.175.
Head coach Ashley Brett was excited about her team’s performance on the road against the Raptors. The team score marks a season high, even with senior captain Katie Dison absent due to illness.
“Our scores are steadily increasing, which is great, since we want to peak next week at sections,” Brett said.
Junior Lyndsey Anderson was the top scorer for Forest Lake in the all-around competition, taking third with a score of 34.55, followed by ninth-grader Lilly Foss in fifth place with a score of 32.9.
Foss placed fifth on the vault with a score of 9.1, while Anderson marked 9.075, good for sixth place. On the bars, Anderson placed third with 8.45, followed by Foss with a score of 8.35.
Senior Julia Walton led the Rangers on the beam, scoring 8.9 for third place, while senior Megan Parentau placed fourth with a score of 8.8.
Seventh-grader Sofia Dodge earned fifth place with 8.375. Parentau placed third on the floor after earning 9.0, while Anderson placed fifth with a score of 8.725.
On Jan. 25, the Rangers traveled to the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket All-Around Invite, where Forest Lake scored four athletes in the top 20.
Anderson finished sixth out of 68 with a score of 35.55, recording 9.05 on the vault, 8.75 on the bars, 8.45 on the beam and the second-highest floor routine score in the competition, 9.3.
Dison and Foss placed 13th and 14th, respectively, while Dodge took 17th.
While Forest Lake competed at the Bluejacket Invite, Brett was a little disappointed that she wasn’t able to tally team scores to gain a better understanding of what to look for come the section meet. Cambridge-Isanti beat out the Rangers for a state berth by less than one point last season.
“I think we’re more focused than last year,” Brett said. “They know where they want to go, and they’re working toward that. I think in the past, we were kind of complacent — this group is really working.”
Next, Forest Lake hosts Woodbury at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the squad’s final regular-season matchup before sections on Friday, Feb. 14.