The Detroit Lakes gymnastics team picked up the first invitational victory of the season repeating as champions of the Jackie Mann invite in Perham Saturday, Dec. 6.

The Lakers captured the team title for the sixth consecutive season but did so by a slim margin of 0.35 points over Cambridge-Isanti.

“It was a good meet early,” DL head coach Steve Zamzo said. “The judges gave positive feedback to the girls and they really took that information to heart. The gym will be busy this week with getting confident with some of those higher level skills the judges talked about.”

Senior captain Jackson Hegg (37.75) captured individual titles on bars (9.65) and beam (9.6) and placed second to Perham’s Jada Olsen (38.4) in the all around. Hegg also led the team on floor with a bronze score of 9.6.

The Lakers had a larger lead heading into the final event on vault but only put two gymnasts in the top five, Gabby Whitworth in fifth (9.4) and Jerzie Horner seventh (9.35), to make for a closer than desired finish.

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“I was proud of the grit these girls had,” said Zamzo. “I was thinking we would come in third or second with our last performance on vault. That wasn't our best event that day.”

Whitworth and Horner joined runner-up Hegg with top 10 all around finishes. Whitworth scored 35.65 to finish seventh. Horner put up 35.4 for a ninth place finish.

Melrose placed third in the team competition with 138.75 team points. The Dutchmen will make a DL trip to state more difficult this season after moving from Section 6 to Section 8.

The Lakers and Melrose have battled against each other at state as recently as 2017.

The next competitions for DL are at Park Rapids Thursday, Dec. 12 and at Brainerd Saturday the 14th.



Jackie Mann Invitational

Team scores: Detroit Lakes 141.35, Cambridge-Isanti 141, Melrose 138.75, Maple Grove 138.7, Perham 137.5, Watertown-Mayer 134.6, Minnetonka 132.5, Fergus Falls 128.75.

All-Around

1 Jada Olsen, PER 38.4

2 Jackson Hegg, DL 37.75

3 Nadia Abid, MG 37.0

4 Sasha Thompson, MG 35.9

5 AnnaGrace Nelson, C-I 35.8

6 Anna Mielke, W-M 35.8

7 Gabby Whitworth, DL 35.65

8 Courtney Althaus, MEL 35.55

9 Jerzie Horner, DL 35.4

10 Camryn Brinkman, MEL 34.85

Vault

1 Olsen, PER 9.8

2 Brinkman, MEL 9.55

3 Abid, MG 9.5

5 Whitworth, DL 9.4

7 Horner, DL 9.35

14 Hegg, DL 8.9

32 Skylar Nelson, DL 8.35

39 Jordan Ehnert, DL 7.9

Bars

1 Hegg, DL 9.65

2 Olsen, PER 9.5

3 Abid, MG 9.25

9 Horner 8.3

17 Whitworth, DL 7.9

20 Ehnert, DL 7.6

36 Nelson, DL 6.4

Beam

1 Hegg, DL 9.6

2 Nelson, C-I 9.5

3 Olsen, PER 9.35

5 Whitworth, DL 9.25

10 Horner, DL \u00098.95

23 Nelson, DL 8.5

33 Ehnert, DL 7.85

Floor

1 Olsen, PER 9.75

2 Abid, MG 9.65

3 Hegg, DL 9.6

8 Whitworth, DL 9.1

18 Horner, DL 8.8

33 Ari Leitheiser, DL 8.1

36 Nelson, DL 7.750