New high score beats defending M-8 champs Tuesday night

Gymnasts 2nd at Panther Invite

The Cambridge-Isanti gymnasts knocked off defending Mississippi 8 champ Big Lake 148.075-139.375, setting a new season-high score in the process Jan. 18. That win sets up the Bluejackets for a big conference meet in two weeks.

The next step the Jackets have to take to secure the conference title is a win at Becker Feb. 3. The Bulldogs, ranked 2nd in Class A, narrowly defeated Big Lake back in December.

Junior Michelle Ziebarth swung during her Bars routine at Princeton. She delivered a 9.1 on the Bars when the Jackets placed 2nd at the Lakeville North Invite. (Photos by Joel Stottrup, Princeton Union Eagle)

Against the Hornets, the Jackets set a team record on the Beam when Anna Solbrack scored 9.65, Cheri Evenson at 9.6 and Emily Vogelpohl hit for a 9.525, with Nadia Nassif adding an 8.8. Then on the Floor, Solbrack (9.7) and Jessicah Rooney (9.3) set career-bests to close out the big evening.

Solbrack also set a career-high 37.7 All-Around score, adding a 9.2 on the Bars. Vogelpohl led on the Bars with a 9.35, and Nassif led the Vaulters with her 9.45.

Another battle with Northfield
For the second straight weekend, the Bluejackets placed 2nd to Northfield at a high-profile invitational. At Saturday’s Lakeville North Invite, the defending Class AA champion Raiders scored 148.5 points to C-I’s 146.125.

The Jackets began the meet with a rough time on the Beam, taking six falls to score in 10th place after the first rotation; Solbrack’s 9.3 was the team-high mark. But the girls answered back with a season-high 37.65 on the Floor, led by Solbrack’s 4th-place 9.6 with Evenson and Vogelpohl tying for 8th at 9.4.

The Jackets then racked up a season-best 37.25 on the Vault to keep climbing up the ladder. Vogelpohl stuck a 9.5 score, and Nadia Nassif was close behind at 9.45. More strong scores came from Evenson (9.2), Solbrack (9.1) and Michelle Ziebarth (8.9).

The team locked in the runner-up spot over solid Park of Cottage Grove with another good showing on the Bars, paced by Vogelpohl’s 6th-place 9.425.

Lakeville North Invitational
Northfield 148.5, Cambridge-Isanti 146.125, Park of Cottage Grove 144.75, Melrose 143.25, Roseville 143, Eden Prairie 142.5, Lakeville North 142.2, Stillwater 138.8, St. Francis 138.1, Winona 137.8, White Bear Lake 137.8, Prior Lake 137.2, Brainerd 136.3, Lakeville South 132.9, Eastview 131.5.

C-I 146.535, Princeton 111.1
The Jackets got a conference road win at Princeton Jan. 13. Posting 1st-place scores in each event were Nassif (9.45 on Vault), Vogelpohl (9.325 on Bars), Evenson (9.525 on Beam), and Solbrack (9.625 on Floor).

• The Bluejackets get a breather from their packed January schedule until hosting section rival St. Francis Jan. 27, followed by the annual Bluejacket All-Around on Saturday, Jan. 29.