Beth Etterman, competing in her first Brainerd Holiday Invitational, made a splash by winning the vault, placing second on uneven bars and fourth in the all-around to lead the Brainerd Warriors to third in the field of eight Saturday at Brainerd High School.
Etterman’s vault score of 9.65 just missed being the day’s highest score. That honor went to Melrose’s Jailyn Brinkman, who scored a 9.70 on both the floor and on bars.
“This is my first time in this tournament but it was so much fun,” said Etterman. “Dual meets are great, but this one was really festive and all the teams were so nice and friendly.”
Austin won the team title with a score of 147.70. Melrose finished second with a 147.35 and Brainerd third at 141.50.
“I am happy with third place,” said Brainerd head coach Dave Maras. “I thought we could have started a little better. We had a disastrous beam day, but we came to the vault and Jaelyn King just drove her vault wonderfully. Our bar kids swung their routines and we hit our floor routines. With the exception of beam, we are satisfied, and to be third place in this kind of competition with Melrose and Austin — one of those two schools is going to win the state championship.”
The Warriors also got a top 10 finish from Mikayla Cerney who placed 10th on floor. Cerney finished 12th in the all-around.
Brainerd started on vault and posted a team score of 36.40 which was good for a third place tie with Park of Cottage Grove on that event. Along with Etterman’s first-place finish, Millie Klefsaas and Jaelyn King placed 13th and 14th.
On bars, Etterman was edged 9.70-9.65 by Brinkman for the top spot. Lonie Anderson and Cerney posted scores of 8.55 and 8.50 to finish 14th and 16th.
Millie Klefsaas was Brainerd’s top finisher on beam placing 12th with a 8.80.
“I am confident in most of my events, but the only one that I am a little less confident in is the beam,” said Etterman. “Obviously it is very hard to hit, but I am confident in the vault, bars, and floor exercise. I love competing in them and they are so much fun. You just have to be powerful and often times on beam that’s when you will fall. You have to be powerful, but there has to be a balance or you will fall.”
Etterman posted a score of 9.30 on floor for seventh. Cerney scored a 9.15.
“She had a super vault and a great bar routine,” Maras said of Etterman’s day. “Her floor routine is great with the exception of a couple of little things that the judge caught that we can work on. She had a great all-around score and that was with not a great score on beam.”
1-Austin 147.70, 2-Melrose 147.35, 3-Brainerd 141.50, 4-Lakeville North 139.65, 5-Park of Cottage Grove 138.45, 6-Big Lake 138.35, 7-Moorhead 133.55, 8-Lakeville South 130.70
Vault: 1-Beth Etterman (B) 9.65, 13-Millie Klefsaas (B) 9.20, 14-Jaelyn King (B) 9.15, 33-Abby Selisker 8.40, 39-Jenny Muesing (B) 8.30, 43-Mikayla Cerney 8.20, 48-Kianna Christensen (B) 8.0.
Uneven parallel bars: 1-Jailyn Brinkman (M) 9.70, 2-Etterman 9.65, 14-Lonie Anderson (B) 8.55, 16-Cerney 8.50, 21-Klefsaas 8.25, 32-Morgan Visser (B) 7.75, 48-Hannah Dahlberg (B) 6.90, 51-Jaelyn Kappes (B) 6.80, 54-Christensen 6.70.
Balance beam: 1-Sela Fadness (A) 9.60, 12-Klefsaas 8.80, 14-Etterman 8.70, 16-Cerney 8.60, 36-Visser 7.75, 37-Muesing 7.70, 43-King 7.40, 47-Anderson 7.0, 56-Meg Foster (B) 6.40.
Floor exercise: 1-Brinkman (M) 9.70, 7-Etterman 9.30, 10-Cerney 9.15, 18-King 8.95, 19-Klefsaas 8.90, 39-Dahlberg 8.40, 42-Kappes 8.20, 43-Megan Ostendorf (B) 8.15, 45-Abby Doran 9B) 8.10.
All-around: 1-Fadness (A) 38.25, 4-Etterman 37.30, 12-Klefsaas 35.15, 15-Cerney 34.45.