Madison Grausam was beaming after her balance beam routine.
The Brainerd Warriors’ junior scored a first-place 8.8 on her favorite apparatus to collect an all-around score of 34.725 and help the Brainerd Warriors to a 138.4-118.775 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Fergus Falls Otters Thursday at Brainerd High School.
Grausam’s routine suffered two wobbles, but ended with an impressive dismount that had both judges in agreement about her score.
“It’s the first routine that I’ve landed all year,” said Grausam. “I really wanted to stick my aerial, which I did. It was good for the team because we all worked together and we had a really good night.”
The varsity veteran also secured second on vault with a season-high 8.8. She was second on floor with a 9.0 and third on bars with an 8.125 for her second-place all-around score.
“Vault was good because I usually land on my face,” said Grausam. “It’s my least favorite event because it’s scary, but I landed it so that was really exciting.
“I was excited about floor because the last meet didn’t go so well. I recovered well in this meet. It was good to stick some routines and have my best night of the year so far.”
Teammate Katy Etterman was up to her usual tricks, winning the uneven bars with a 9.5, floor exercise with a 9.425 and vault with a 9.45 for a first-place all-around score of 37.1.
Mikayla Cerney placed third in the all-around, finishing second on bars and third on beam, floor and vault.
Brainerd earned fourth-place finishes from Lonie Anderson on bars, Claire Campbell on beam and Jackie Caughey on floor.
“We’ve had quite a few practices to get ready for this meet and the heavy part of our season, which is coming up,” said Warrior head coach Dave Maras. “Tonight I saw marked improvement.
“I saw great improvement in vault and I thought tremendous improvement on beam, but there are some meets you don’t get the scores you quite expect. I thought our performance was really good.”
The Warriors’ schedule will get tougher with invites at Lakeville North and Park High School and the final conference dual meet with defending conference champion St. Cloud Tech.
“I feel very comfortable with where we are at,” said Maras. “I think we’re just going to get better. We’ll just continue to plug away at the things we do well and especially on vault we are ready to take the next step.”
Brainerd 138.4, Fergus Falls 118.775
Uneven parallel bars: 1-Katy Etterman (Brd) 9.5, 2-Mikayla Cerney (Brd) 8.5, 3-Madison Grausam (Brd) 8.125, 4-Lonie Anderson (Brd) 7.9, 8-Jackie Caughey (Brd) 7.125
Balance beam: 1-Grausam 8.8, 2-Etterman 8.725, 3-Cerney 8.2, 4-Claire Campbell (Brd) 7.725, 7-Olivia Elsenpeter (Brd) 7.025
Floor exercise: 1-Etterman 9.425, 2-Grausam 9.0, 3-Cerney 8.85, 4-Caughey 8.65, 6-Anderson 8.275
Vault: 1-Etterman 9.45, 2-Grausam 8.8, 3-Cerney 8.45, 5-Caughey 8.3, 6-Anderson 8.2
All-around: 1-Etterman 37.1, 2-Grausam 34.725, 3-Cerney 34.0
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