"Fifty-and-one ain't bad."
That was the reaction of Brainerd gymnastics coach Dave Maras after the Warriors' first loss in 51 regular-season dual meets, a 141.75 to 139.6 loss Saturday to the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets at the Brainerd High School gym.
It was the Warriors' first loss since Jan. 8, 1999, against Willmar. Since then, Brainerd has had five straight unbeaten seasons.
"I'm not concerned about the loss because the kids performed well," Maras said. "We went up against a very good team. If we had performed poorly against someone we should have beaten, that's a different story.
Maggie Freiday won the vault and took third in the all-around.
"Both teams competed well, both teams made mistakes. I thought it was a very good meet. (The loss) didn't bother me that much. It's just one of those things that happen. Fifty and one ain't bad."
The Warriors, who were seventh in the Class 2A state meet last season, shouldn't be bothered by a loss to a team that finished sixth in 2A last season.
"They have a very good squad," Maras said of C-I, "and we were competitive with them. ... We could have done better but we're satisfied."
Maggie Freiday was among the many Warrior performances Maras was satisfied with. She won the vault with a 9.45 and finished third in the all-around competition.
"We were kind of waiting before we felt comfortable for her to throw the vault she's been throwing for the last year," Maras said. "Maggie went out and decided (Saturday) was the day, she went out and hit it. It was fantastic."
Teammate Lauren Deyo was equally fantastic, placing second on vault (9.35) and runner-up in all-around (35.85) to C-I's Chelsey Evenson (36.0).
Brainerd's Tessa Helland also had a sound day, placing second on floor and second on balance beam.
Cambridge-Isanti 141.75, Warriors 139.6
The key: C-I won three events and the all-around to snap the Warriors 50-meet win streak.
Next: Brainerd Holiday Invitational, 11 a.m. Thursday
The meet was a tuneup for Thursday's annual holiday invitational at BHS.
Three 2A state meet teams (defending champion Park Cottage Grove, third-place Winona and Brainerd) and 1A state team participant Melrose (third) will be among the eight-team field.
Others will be perennial power Lakeville, Big Lake, Bemidji and Superior, Wis.
Cambridge 141.75, Brainerd 139.6
Vault-1-Maggie Freiday (B) 9.45, 2-Lauren Deyo (B) 9.35, 7-????? Kramer (B) 8.8, 8-Sam Smith (B) 8.7
Uneven parallel bars-1-Chelsey Evenson (C-I) 9.4, 2-Lisa Jaloszynski (C-I) 9.2, 3-Kara Rutman (B) 9.1, 4-Deyo 8.9, 6-Nicole Smith (B) 8.5
Balance beam-1-Bethany Smith (C-I) 9.05, 2-Tessa Helland (B) 8.8, 4-Deyo 8.6, 7-Freiday 8.1
Floor exercise-1-Jaloszynski 9.25, 2-Helland 9.15, 3-Deyo 9.0, 4-Freiday 9.0, 8-Sam Smith 8.2
All-around-1-Evenson 36.0, 2-Deyo 35.85, 3-Freiday 34.45
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