By Victoria Dahlin—
After taking fifth place out of nine teams at the Clemensen Invitational Jan. 14 at Princeton High School, the North Branch gymnastics team won over Chisago Lakes last Thursday.
The team scored 132.85 points to earn its first trophy against some of the state’s top teams at Princeton, while Perham won the competition with 141.8 team points.
“The Vikings showed us all who can compete,” said Coach Barb Burdick. “With Jamie Salo, one of our varsity all-around gymnasts, being injured the night before the competition, we had to fill her spot with our top JV gymnasts. Jamie will be out for the next three weeks.”
The team then racked up 130.95 points to Chisago Lakes’ 128.525 points in the meet held at Chisago Lakes Middle School, and the girls remain undefeated in the North Suburban Conference.
Katy Trunk took first place on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor to earn first all-around. Bayley Ertl came in second on the vault and floor and placed second all-around, while Arianna Olson finished second on the bars and attained third all-around.
The junior varsity defeated Chisago Lakes Area 104.4-80.60 with Madison Passeretti earning first all-around. Passeretti, Gina Amundson, Tina Nelson and Madeline Pantalion all scored in the top three in their events.
“This was great competition as the two schools are about equal in what they have been scoring as a team, with Chisago having the edge because North Branch has not beaten them for over four years,” said Coach Burdick. “On a personal note it has been one of my goals to outscore Chisago. Thank you to Chisago for hosting this meet. It was a home meet for NB, but at the current time we do not have a gym we can host in and Chisago has been great to work with. They have been hosting the home meets for the North Branch team.”
NB Gymnasts @ Clemensen Invitational
Katy Trunk 34.6
Ariana Olson 33.4
Bayley Ertl 33.2
Maranda Nelson 31.65
Katy Trunk 9.150 (school record) 4th
Bayley Ertl 9.0 7th
Maranda Nelson 8.3
Katy Trunk 8.55 4th
Ariana Olson 8.1 13th
Bayley Ertl 7.85
Ariana Olson 8.9 8th
Katy Trunk 8.4
Bayley Ertl 8.1
Katy Trunk 8.5
Maranda Nelson 8.25
Bayley Ertl 8.25
Ariana Olson 8.25