GYMNASTICS: Bemidji Aerials open season in Bemidji with state-qualifying scores
A dozen Bemidji Aerials qualified for their respective state meets as they achieved state-qualifying scores in their first gymnastics meet of the season, held at home on Oct. 1 at the Gym Bin.
BEMIDJI – A dozen Bemidji Aerials qualified for their respective state meets as they achieved state-qualifying scores in their first gymnastics meet of the season, held at home on Oct. 1 at the Gym Bin.
At the Silver level, competition was broken into four age groups. In the youngest division, Braelyn Holmgren finished fourth, leading all Aerials with an all-around score of 34.575, followed by Paisley Workman, who earned a 34.1 in all-around and tied for first on vault. Oaklynn Peterson earned a 33.750, Brynley Skerik a 32.625, Millie Thomas a 31.6 and Hadley Peterson a 30.975.
Lucy Karpinski led the Aerials at the 9-year-old division, earning third place with a 35.675 in all-around. Adalyn Wilde earned a 34.325, Bella Hagman a 33.725, Charlotte Bannor a 33.7, Letty Josefson a 33.425, Brynn McFarren a 33.0, Jackie Nicoson a 32.475 and Charlotte Gano a 32.275.
Marlie Ophus led Aerials at the 10-year-old division, earning a 34.1 in all-around. Lexi Jacobson earned a 34.025, Aviva Donnell a 34.0 and Elizabeth Fuller a 33.1.
In the final age division, Avri Bensen led the Aerials with a 35.45 in all-around, followed by Rileigh Hoaglund with a 34.675.
All together, the Aerials finished second of four teams in the Silver division.
At the Gold level, Natalie Remer led all Bemidji Aerials with an all-around score of 35.250, which earned her second place in her age division. She also finished first on vault and bars.
Dream Davis finished third in her age division, earning a 34.225 in all-around, and Carol Chance finished at fourth with a 34.2 all-around. Also competing in this age division were Mara Stinar, who finished with a 32.3, Claire Eastman with 31.4, and Elizabeth Relay, who competed on bars and beam, earning a combined 15.7 for those two events.
In the younger Gold division, leading the Aerials was Hailey Lundy, who finished second with an all-around score of 33.75. Lydia Dauksavage finished third with a 33.475 while earning a first-place score on beam. Eliana Frank finished fourth with a 32.8. In fifth place with a 32.275 was Jasminh Phonethep, who also finished first on the bars.
Also competing in this age group were Bella Olson (32.1), Brooklyn Roff (31.975), Aaliyah Wellcome (31.8) and Aydah Fultz (31.7).
As a team, the Aerials finished first in the Gold division.
To qualify for state, a Silver or Gold gymnast must earn a 34.0 all-around score or higher.