The Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa (PIZM) and Red Wing gymnasts came into the individual state meet on Saturday with experience.
They came out with not only more experience, but higher expectations and more confidence carrying into the next season.
Breck Bergin was the lone gymnast from Red Wing as she competed in vault and uneven bars. PIZM had four gymnasts compete on Saturday afternoon including two that did all-around.
Sawyer Gorman and Jaci Newman were the two gymnasts competing in all-around, while Brynn Burkhalter and McKenzie Cordes performed individual rotations.
“It was really fun competing in individuals today,” Cordes said. “It’s nice being able to go through this day with another teammate, so it was nice seeing three faces in our group.”
Gorman was the top finisher for PIZM as she ended up in eighth place with a score of 36.675. Her best routines on the day came from beam with a 9.400 and scored a 9.375 in both floor and vault.
Newman came out in 13th place with a score of 36.200. Her best scores came in beam with a 9.400 and floor with a score of 9.275.
“I was happy with how the day went and I had a great time going out there and finishing the season strong,” Gorman said.
Burkhalter scored a 9.200 on the floor and a 8.650 on the uneven bars to finish her day. Cordes only competed in the balance beam and scored a 9.225.
Along with PIZM, Bergin has some strong scores to end her junior year. She scored a 9.325 on the vault and an 8.350 on the uneven bars. She improved from last year’s results, which is the step she was looking for heading into this tournament.
“Breck is a leader whether it’s in practice, at school or at the meets,” said Red Wing co-head coach Carlie Sandstrom. “She doesn’t waste time at practices and always wants to get better each day.”
Even though none of the gymnasts from Red Wing or PIZM came home with hardware, they will be bringing back teachable experiences and moments for a young team.
The four gymnasts that competed on Saturday for PIZM are all sophomores, while Bergin is a junior at Red Wing. The future is looking bright for these two schools as Red Wing graduates zero seniors and PIZM graduates only one.
“This team was a great group of gymnasts that worked very hard to reach this point in the season,” said PIZM head coach Chris Templeton. “I’m looking forward to seeing how these girls work in the offseason and prepare for next winter season.”
For all five gymnasts, they hope to learn more skills during the offseason so their routines can have higher difficulty.
“I saw a few routines with skills I want to try this season,” Bergin said. “I hope I can learn them and continue building into next year for my senior year.”
The PIZM gymnasts have a foundation with many underclassmen and the girls understand it’s their time to shine.
Now, they need to continue building this offseason for a strong 2019-20 school year.
“It’ll be fun to add more skills to our routines this season just to try new things,” Newman said. “Our ultimate goal is be right back here again next year.”