The Cambridge-Isanti gymnasts closed the challenging 2013 season on a high note when they scored their highest total of 138.85 at the Class AA Team Finals hosted Feb. 22 at the U of M Sports Pavilion.
“We had a lot of adversity, but the girls never gave up throughout the whole year,” spoke C-I Coach Wendy Rooney at the “State Send-off” at CIHS that morning, and her words rang true to her girls’ attitude on the big stage a few hours later.
The Bluejackets finished in 8th place at Friday night’s gathering. Roseville rallied to defend its Class AA title by averaging nearly 9.6 points on its final event, the Bars, to just get past strong Northfield. It was one of the stranger State Team events in recent memory since both Raider squads and 3rd-place St. Cloud Tech had their share of spills and step-outs to keep it a tight meet at the top.
The Bluejackets opened the evening on what turned out to be their strongest event, the Vault. Sophomore Kaeli Kortan led the way with a 9.375, followed by freshman Tori Nelson (8.975), soph Courtney Durant (8.7), senior Abby Schlenker (8.4) and eighth-grader Hannah Haight (8.375).
On the Bars, Kortan spun for an 8.975, and Haight checked in with an 8.3. Also competing on that event were Schlenker (7.9), Nelson (7.9) and Durant (7.65).
Kortan paced the team again on the Beam with her 9.225. Adding to the team total were senior Nicole Morgan (8.8), Schlenker (8.8), Haight (8.5) and Nelson (8.25).
The Bluejackets closed the night on the Floor where Nelson led with a 9.05. Kortan scored an 8.9, followed by Durant (8.55) Schlenker (8.5) and freshman Larriane Acre-Kendall (8.025).
• At the Class A Team finals Friday afternoon, Mississippi 8 champion Big Lake placed 5th behind champ New Prague with 142.3 points.
In Saturday night’s Class AA Individuals, Kortan placed 26th (35.25) and Nelson was 31st (34.75) in the All-Around. Nelson scored a 9.2 to place 28th on the Vault and hit for an 8.8 to take 20th on the Beam. Kortan marked an 8.775 to place 27th on the Bars and added an 8.675 for 20th place on the Beam.
Class AA Gymnastics
Roseville 149.7, Northfield 149.325, St. Cloud Tech 149.15, Park 146.05, Wayzata 144.6, Mahtomedi 141.125, Prior Lake 141.025, Cambridge-Isanti 138.85.