"To be able to have the that second chance and go back, then nail it and get a 9.300, which is absolutely solid, that's beautiful thing about vault," said Red Wing co-head coach Lisa Hanson on Saturday at the Section 1A gymnastics meet.
In vault, Breck Bergin slipped up on her first run and had one last run to potentially qualify for the state meet. Red Wing Co-Head Carlie Sandstrom said it was odd to see Bergin have a bad run in vault because Bergin had dominated vault all season.
With some words of reassurance from Sandstrom, Bergin nailed her second run, getting a 9.300 score.
Bergin finished in third place in vault and qualified for state. She also qualified for state on bars with an 8.400, an event both Sandstrom and Hanson said they were happily surprised with results.
"Generally there is a lot more nines on bars," Hanson said. "There were no nines today. Some of the top competitors from (PIZM) and Austin had falls or at least major breaks. Those breaks and falls caused them to have lower bars scores. Breck had a great bar and was able to make to state."
The Wingers came in third place as team, behind second-place Austin and ahead of Winona, with a score of 133.050. It was the team's highest score this season.
"When one girl wasn't doing so well on one event, another stepped up in the same event," Hanson said. "We were able to get our season-high best score. We were hoping for second place, but as we got closer to the section meet and saw Austin's score throughout the season we knew Austin would probably take second. Then our hope was third (as a team) and were able to do that today."
Carolyn Hanson just missed a trip to state on floor, finishing in a tie for seventh with a 9.025. Hanson came in ninth on bars with a score of 8.125. Sylvia Marty and Ally Urban both finished in the top-10 on beam. Marty came in eighth with an 8.450 and Urban tied for 10th with an 8.325. Chloe Fox finished in tenth with a score of 8.700.
Overall, both coaches credited several Winger gymnasts for stepping up and filling in. Hanson added she liked where some of the younger gymnasts, particularly Marty, Urban and Madison Marking, were at skillswise and feels good about the depth of the team.
"Breck has been solid since she's come to us in seventh grade," Hanson said. "It's been interesting to see the younger girls who have built up to her level to help her out because now we have some depth on our team."
The Class 1A individual state gymnastics meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the Maturi Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus.