The Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team vaulted into the record books Friday on parents and senior night.
The Warriors shattered a year-old school record, increasing the mark to 148.525 and beat Grand Rapids in the process as the Thunderhawks managed just 129.975.
The previous school record was 147.30, set last year.
The achievements didn't stop as Brainerd finished with an undefeated (9-0) dual meet record.
A perfect 10-for-10 on vault routines ignited Brainerd from the start. Katie Perpich won the vault with a 9.625 followed by Maggie Freiday (9.6), Lauren Deyo (9.5), Kathleen Lorenz (9.2), Samantha Smith (8.875) and Lauren Trapp (8.75). In all, the Warriors tallied 37.925.
"Everybody hit, and when you hit not just one but two vaults, that makes a big difference," said Warriors coach Dave Maras. "Usually, you'll hit one and maybe make a mistake on the other. When you go 10-for-10 you're going to get good scores."
Perpich also won the bars with a 9.625. Lorenz was second (9.35), Tonya Redshaw and Nicole Smith tied for third (8.85) and Kara Rutman was fifth (8.6).
"We had one mistake in all our sets and that one mistake didn't make a whole lot of difference," said Maras. "Somebody else in the lineup picked it up. We hit four out of five routines."
A score of 36.675 had Maras beaming about the beam. Tessa Helland brought the team to its feet with her winning 9.225. Lorenz was second (9.2) even with a fall. Afterward the junior said she was glad to get the fall out of the way before sections. Freiday finished third (9.15), Perpich fourth (9.1) and Arianna Lofrano fifth (8.4).
"You always have to love it when you hit 36 points on the beam," Maras said. "We had three big sticks and the one fall, but that fall was a good fall if there is such a thing. She got up and did the rest of the routine to its perfection so it didn't hurt as badly as some falls."
Lorenz won the floor exercise with her show-stopping 9.525. She was followed by Perpich (9.5), Freiday (9.125), Deyo (9.1) and Helland (8.95).
Perpich finished her last home meet by winning the all-around with a 37.850. Lorenz was second.
Perpich, along with Redshaw and Trapp, may never forget their final meet. Maras, for sure, won't forget them.
"The contributions being made by Katie Perpich are just terrific, both in numbers and her work ethic," said Maras. "Right along with her you have Tonya and Lauren and their work this year has brought up other kids.
"They've worked so hard. A lot of times, seniors will cost. This group -- no way. They gave everything they had right to the end and I'm tremendously pleased."
Brainerd 148.525, Grand Rapids 129.975
Uneven parallel bars -- 1-Katie Perpich (B) 9.625, 2-Kathleen Lorenz 9.35, 3-Tonya Redshaw 8.85, 3-Nicole Smith 8.85, 5-Kara Rutman 8.6, 7-Lauren Trapp 8.4
Balance beam -- 1-Tessa Helland (B) 9.225, 2-Lorenz 9.2, 3-Maggie Freiday 9.15, 4-Perpich 9.1, 5-Arianna Lofrano 8.4, 8-Jessica Lofrano 7.95
Floor exercise -- 1-Lorenz (B) 9.525, 2-Perpich 9.5, 3-Freiday 9.125, 4-Lauren Deyo 9.1, 5-Helland 8.95, 7-A. Lofrano 8.150
Vault -- 1-Perpich (B) 9.625, 2-Freiday 9.6, 3-Deyo 9.5, 4-Lorenz 9.2, 5-Samantha Smith 8.875, 6-Trapp 8.75
All-around -- 1-Perpich (B) 37.850, 2-Lorenz 37.275
Conference -- 7-0. Overall -- 9-0. Next meet -- Brainerd in Section 8, Class 2A tournament at Elk River Feb. 21.
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