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East Ridge gymnasts soar at Park meet

East Ridge coach Caroline Urgo laughs with gymnasts Cassie Kahrer, Lexie Corcoran and Alyssa Chandler after the bars routine. John Molene / Sports Writer 1 / 3
East Ridge's Hailey Tretter beams as she receives her third-place award in the all-around at the Park gymnastics invitational Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. John Molene / Sports Writer 2 / 3
Park's Brenna Sommerland shows her flexibility as she wraps her her floor routine Saturday in the Park Invitational. Sommerland scored a 9.0 in the event and a 35.35 in the all-around. John Molene / Sports Writer 3 / 3

East Ridge finished a very competitive third and Park placed 10th in a star-studded 12-team gymnastics invitational hosted by the Park Wolfpack Saturday.

The meet featured three of the top five ranked Class AA teams, six of the top 16 teams, along with Sartell, ranked third in Class A.

Second-ranked Stillwater won the team event with a score of 146.45. Third-ranked Lakeville South was second with a 146.00 and fifth-ranked East Ridge third with a score of 145.7.

It was the Raptors' second highest team score of the season and the fourth time in six meets they scored 145 points or better.

It was also a big meet for East Ridge eighth grader Hailey Tretter who finished third in a loaded individual all-around with a score of 36.9 and had three event scores of 9.25 or better. Tretter had a 9.4 in the vault, a 9.25 on the bars, an 8.85 on the beam and a 9.4 on the floor.

"I'm very, very proud of her," said East Ridge coach Caroline Urgo. "She finally stuck her beam routine today and I was so emotional I was just so proud of her. And she's been struggling. Her confidence has been down a little bit. She started on beam and hit that and her three other events were some of the best ever she's done. That was really, really cool to see."

East Ridge teammate Cassie Kahrer also had a standout meet, finishing with an all-around score of 36.85. Kahrer had a 9.3 on the vault, a 9.45 on the bars, an 8.5 on the beam and a 9.6 on the floor.

Alyssa Chandler of the Raptors scored 35.750 in the all-around, highlighted by a 9.25 on the vault and a 9.2 on the floor. Lexie Corcoran scored a 35.55 in the all-around with a top score of 9.45 on the floor. Hannah Walker competed in just one event but made it a good one, scoring a 9.35 in the vault.

East Ridge's gymnasts just missed winning the floor exercise with a score of 37.65, led by Kahrer's 9.6 score. Chandler had a 9.2 in the event, Tretter a 9.4, Corcoran a 9.45 and Lauren Rodriguez an 8.6.

"I was so happy with floor," Urgo said. "That was my favorite. We've been really working on the girls being a lot tighter, having their legs together and pointed toes and things like that. And a lot of times we practice those things and then they get to the meet and they get nervous and they just go back to their old ways. But they didn't today. They actually did what we practiced and we had our best floor scores as a team of the year. So that was really exciting. Also bars was the same way."

Park's Wolfpack gymnasts scored a season-high team score with a 135.3, three points above their previous best.

Junior Brenna Sommerland led the Wolfpack with a 35.35 in the all-around. Sommerland scored 9.1 in the vault, 8.75 on the bars, 8.5 on the beam and 9.0 on the floor.

Sydne Blahnik had a 30.7 in the all-around. Scoring in three events, Mandy Hafner had a 26.95 and Genny Tester a 24.65.

Hafner had Park's top two scores of the meet, knocking down a 9.4 on the vault and a 9.45 on the bars.

Park scored 35.1 on vault, 35.3 on bars, 31.05 on beam and 34.55 on floor.

"We had excellent vault and bars today," said Park coach Ali Flaata. "We finally got another flipper in our rotation for vaults, that was a good addition. And then Brenna Sommerland finally nailed her vault so we had our season high events score on vault today. Bars we also had our season high score. Mandy introduced another element to her bar routine and was able to make it today and placed rally well on that.

"We're starting to pick up some momentum," Flaata added. "We're about three points higher than we were Thursday so hopefully we'll continue on that trend. We still have a ways to go."

Park hosts East Ridge for a dual meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.

Team scores — 1. Stillwater 146.45; 2. Lakeville South 146.0; 3. East Ridge 145.7; 4. Rosemount 143.35; 5. Sartell 143.2; 6. Eden Prairie 139.6; 7. Wayzata 138,15; 8. Roseville 137.95; 9. Brainerd 136.95; 10. Park 135.3; 11. Hopkins 131.9; 12. Highland Park 129.8.

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