By Brenda Erdahl, Sports Editor
Gracie Elsenpeter is back from her first-ever state gymnastics tournament, and although she didn’t bring home any medals, she gained memories and valuable experience the junior hopes will serve her well next season.
Elsenpeter, a member of the Maple Lake High School gymnastics team, secured her spot in the prestigious tournament after commanding performances at sections, Saturday, Feb. 17, that put her in second place in the all-around.
As an all-around qualifier, she got the chance to compete in every event at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, Saturday, Feb. 24 where the state tournament was held.
She started out on the bars and performed a solid routine that earned her an 8.825 from judges for 27th out of 48 competitors.
She then moved onto the beam where she had one fall, but still a good showing, her coach Kaitlyn Helmbrecht said. Judges gave her an 8.25 for her routine for 38th out of 48. She performed well again on the floor with a fun and entertaining routine, Helmbrecht said, earning a 9.15 and 32nd place out of 48.
The vault was her last and best event. She stuck the landing on her final vault to earn a 9.4 from judges and tie for 21st place out of 48 vaulters.
Altogether, her scores added up to a 35.625 for 19th out of 24 in the all-around.
“Gracie had a good meet,” Helmbrecht said. “This is such a fun meet. Even though you are competing as an Individual and in Gracie’s case the only member of the Irish, our whole section formed together as a team to cheer for everyone and make this a great meet. Gracie had a great season with many accomplishments. We are super proud of her many achievements and are excited to see what next year brings.”