NB gymnasts break school records

Casey Hovland placed fourth on beam at the Princeton Invitational and fifth on floor at the Eagan Invitational. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

Casey Hovland placed fourth on beam at the Princeton Invitational and fifth on floor at the Eagan Invitational. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

The North Branch gymnastics team (Katy Trunk, Casey Hovland, Jaime Salo, Alexys Olson, Miranda Nelson and Maddy Pantalion) broke the 2010 school record by totaling 134.55 points at the Eagan Invitational last Saturday.

The team finished fourth, while Trunk broke the school record on vault with a 9.45, good for second place.

On Jan. 12, the Vikings competed in the Clemensen Invitational at Princeton and took fourth out of eight teams.

“This was a varsity only meet, but as it turned out our JV had to step up to the plate and fill spots on varsity as we had some bumps and bruises,” coach Barb Burdick said. “Great job girls!”

She added, “The season is going to wind down fast as we finish the final weeks of duel meets and head to sections, and with the combination of luck and skill (possibly) onto the state meet.

Burdick is confident the team has enough skill to do well at the state meet.

Our returning state gymnast, Katy Trunk, is healthy and having a great season,” she said.  “Bayley Ertl also a returning state gymnast (senior captain) is on the mend from a fracture in her elbow and was only able to compete in the first two meets. We are hoping to get Bayley in on two events at the conference meet.”

The team is looking to one of its younger members, too.

“We have a welcomed addition to the team, as a seventh grader Alexys Olson is really doing well, and looks like she might also be a contender for the state meet,”
Burdick said. “Casey Hovland has been filling a nice spot for us on beam and floor.”

Individual results are posted on Scoreboard Plus on the ECM Post Review’s website.

The Vikings will compete in an invitational at Forest Lake High School beginning 11 a.m. Feb. 2, before traveling to face the Fighting Saints at St. Francis Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

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