One goal for the Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team this season is to get a little better each meet.
Brainerd kept on that path with a second-place finish in the Brainerd quadrangular Saturday.
"Every meet our goal is to pick it up a notch, and (Saturday) the beam helped out the bars a little," said Warriors coach Dave Maras.
Brainerd's Maggie Freiday finished second in both the vault and balance beam.
On the vault, Freiday finished with a 9.35. The Warriors placed three girls in the top 10 on vault. Carlie Kramer was eighth and Samantha Smith finished ninth.
Both Freiday and Arianna Lofrano had good performances on the beam with 9.0 and 8.87 scores to take second and third place.
Kara Rutman led Brainerd with a third-place finish on bars.
"Coming into the season we knew we would need the most work on the bars, and on bars (Saturday) we hit some pretty big tricks," said Maras.
Brainerd had the top team score on floor with a 36.575. Freiday paced the Warriors with a third-place finish. Tessa Helland, sprained ankle and all, finished fifth.
"My floor routine was probably the best I have done all season," said Lofrano, who finished sixth.
Saturday's event gives more girls an opportunity to get involved as eight athletes compete per team in each exercise instead of five. Brainerd's Helland explained one of the advantages of this.
"We'd like to see who else could be competing at varsity and how well they could score in a varsity meet compared to a junior varsity meet," said Helland."
Maras said the quadrangular allows more kids a chance to compete in a high-profile meet. It gives younger athletes experience for down the road.
If the Warriors continue getting better each meet that road could be a long one.
Team scores: 1-Wayzata 140.85, 2-Brainerd 138.225, 3-Armstrong 134.825, 4-Hopkins 132.475
Uneven parallel bars - 1-Abby Christensen (W) 9.275, 3-Kara Rutman (B) 8.90, 12- Carlie Kramer (B) 7.85, 13-Lauren Deyo (B) 7.85, 15-Samantha Smith (B) 7.70, 18-Jenny Klabo (B) 7.45, 24-Mary Petersen (B) 7.10, 25-Arianna Lofrano (B) 7.0, 28-Maggie Freiday (6.60).
Balance beam - 1-Alicia Rue (A) 9.10, 2-Freiday (B) 9.0, 3-Lofrano (B) 8.87, 12-Smith (B) 8.10, 14-Tessa Helland (B) 7.85, 15-Kramer (B) 7.80, 21-Petersen (B) 7.10, 28-Breanna Skinner (B) 6.42, 31-Becky Wallace (B) 5.10.
Floor exercise - 1-Valerie Percy (H) 9.60, 3-Freiday (B) 9.40, 5-Helland (B) 9.275, 6, Lofrano (B) 9.00, 7-Kramer (B) 8.90, 10-Smith (B) 8.60, 12-Kelsi Ring (B) 8.30, 18-Skinner (B) 8.05, 20-Becky Walker (B) 7.95
Vault - 1-Jordan Helgren (W) 9.75, 2-Freiday (B) 9.35, 8-Kramer (B) 8.85, 9-Smith (B) 8.70, 12-Helland (B) 8.62, 19-Shana Lingwall (B) 8.35, 24-Rutman (B) 8.20, 29-Becky Walker (B) 7.95, 32-Madison Smith (B) 7.55
All-around - 1-Abby Christensen (W) 36.575, 4-Freiday (B) 34.350, 5-Kramer (B) 33.400, 8-Smith (B) 33.100
Next meet-Alexandria at Brainerd 7 p.m. Thursday.
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