Etterman's varsity debut a success
Unlike this fall, Katy Etterman made a splash Tuesday.
The Brainerd Warriors senior scored a 35.775 to win the all-around in her varsity debut and led the Warriors to a 133.00-131.45 Central Lakes Conference victory Tuesday over the Sauk Rapids Storm at Brainerd High School.
Etterman scored firsts on vault (9.15), uneven bars (8.7) and floor (8.925) and a second on beam (9.0).
"I was not very nervous as much as I was excited," said Etterman, fresh off her state diving performance. "I was happy with my first vault, not so much with my second one. But the team did very well on vault so that was good."
Etterman, who competed for a gymnastics club team up until this year, had just three days of practice to prepare for Thursday's dual. As a result some of her routines were missing their normal flair.
"I'm hoping to add a couple of more elements to my bars, which will up my start value and hopefully make my routine score higher," she said. "I'm happy. I had a lot of fun and I'm really glad I joined because I love this team."
The Warriors outscored the Storm in all but the beam. The biggest deficit was on vault, where the Warriors scored 34.725 points. Sydney Wold set the tone with a third-place 8.725. Olivia Elsenpeter was fourth with an 8.5 and Madison Grausam fifth with an 8.35.
Mikayla Cerney showed early she'll be a force on bars again this year. The returning state participant scored a third-place 8.2. Grausam was fifth.
"That was Grausam's first varsity bar routine and she really pulled it off," said Warriors head coach Dave Maras. "I was impressed. Olivia Elsenpeter, it was her first varsity vault. Actually, it's only the second week she's ever really vaulted. She pops off a third place on vault.
"Katy Etterman had a nice night. She was clean everywhere. I was pleased with our whole team."
Elsenpeter landed an 8.4 on the beam to post the only other top five in that event for Brainerd, which bounced back on the floor. Grausam scored a second-place 8.875.
"Every kid was out there trying to do the best that they can after a short two weeks of practice," said Maras. "As the night wore on we started making a few mistakes, but part of that was fatigue.
"I was really impressed with the way our kids hung in there and competed. We had some nice routines. Some of the new rules have taken place and it was reflected in the scores because there were some pretty nice routines that any other year might have been higher."
Grausam's night ended with a second place in the all-around with a 32.250. Cerney was third in the all-around with a 31.025.
"After tonight, with 133 points, with some pretty stiff judging and quite a few falls, that tells us we can be quite good," said Maras. "We'll be a good, solid team before this year is over. We'll be up there on par with some of our past years."
Brainerd 133, Sauk Rapids 131.45
Vault: 1-Katy Etterman (Brd) 9.15, 3-Sydney Wold (Brd) 8.725, 4-Olivia Elsenpeter (Brd) 8.5, 5-Madison Grausam (Brd) 8.35, 6-Mikayla Cerney (Brd) 8.25
Uneven parallel bars: 1-Etterman (Brd) 8.7, 3-Cerney (Brd) 8.2, 5-Grausam (Brd) 7.850, 7-Lonie Anderson (Brd) 7.625, 8-Anna Bieganek (Brd) 7.125
Balance beam: 1-Michole Timm (SR) 9.475, 2-Etterman (Brd) 9.00, 4-Elsenpeter (Brd) 8.4, 6-Wold (Brd) 7.475, 8-Grausam (Brd) 7.075, 10-Cerney (Brd) 6.5
Floor exercise: 1-Etterman (Brd) 8.925, 2-Grausam (Brd) 8.875, 7-Cerney 8.975, 8-Wold (Brd) 8.075, 9-Jackie Caughey (Brd) 8.05
All-around: 1-Etterman (Brd) 35.775, 2-Grausam (Brd) 32.150, 3-Cerney 32.025
JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5856.