Inexperience didn't keep a pair of Farmington sophomores from performing their best at the Class 2A State Gymnastics Meet.
Kiana Lord and Nadia Lorencz -- both first-year members of the Farmington gymnastics team -- each cracked the top 10 in their first career appearances Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
Lord, who qualified for state as an all-arounder, had her best showing in the balance beam, where she placed sixth with a score of 9.4. She also scored a personal-best 9.3 in the vault and went on to score a personal-best 36.675 that was good enough for 19th out of 31 competitors in the all-around.
Lorencz competed in the vault and broke her own school record with a 9.6. The score earned her 10th place out of 31 vaulters.
The meet didn't go as well for senior Terra Klima. An all-state performer in the uneven bars a year ago, Klima battled injuries while placing 26th with a score of 8.55.
"Terra struggled through her bar routine due to injuries," coach Lynn Bauman said. "The positive is she was able to return to state and be a part of this amazing opportunity to compete along with the best of Minnesota's high school gymnasts."
Klima, Lord and Lorencz helped the Farmington gymnastics program reach new heights this season. The Tigers won two invitationals, broke the team scoring record, set numerous individual records, placed third in the Missota Conference, took second in the Section 1AA Championships and qualified three individuals for state for the first time ever.
"It was a long and very late meet for the girls and we are very proud of them," Bauman said of the state meet experience. "It was very rewarding to see three talented girls representing Farmington at the state tournament."