Section 8 gymnasts swept the top three all-around finishes at the Minnesota Gymnastics Coaches' Association Class A Invitational in Melrose Saturday, Jan. 25.

Detroit Lakes placed ninth in a field of nine of the top 10 teams currently ranked in Class A.

The Lakers had to finish on beam and posted their best combined score of the meet.

“It was so good to see these athletes compete the entire meet, especially at the end with beam,” head coach Steve Zamzo said. “We stuck all five routines and that is huge. That was our highest scoring event for the meet which is surprising. It is one of the hardest events. I think we were the fourth best team on beam Saturday. The rest of the events we lingered a bit. The kids did awesome, it just wasn't enough.”

Perham’s Jada Olsen won the all-around competition scoring 38.425. She captured first place on vault and beam. DL’s Jackson Hegg (37.55) was second all-around and won on bars with a score of 9.575. Melrose’s Camryn Brinkman (37.375) made it a Section 8 sweep grabbing all-around bronze.

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Mankato West’s Zoey Hermel scored 9.55 to win on floor exercise and avoid a Section 8 sweep of all four events.

The Lakers competed without two regular starters Jerzie Horner and Ellie Hultin.

“I'm really pleased with Ava Morrison and Ava Funk and how they stepped up to compete vault and flip their Tsuk vaults,” Zamzo said. “They didn't end up the way they wanted but they took the first step. That is huge. Jordan Ehnert and Skylar Nelson had good days but they have more to give. They are getting close. Jackson Hegg and Gabby Whitworth were steady and consistent.”

The Lakers are home Tuesday, Jan. 28 for Parent’s Night against Park Rapids at 6 p.m. and home again for Senior Day Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m..

Minnesota Gymnastics Coaches' Association Class A Invitational

1 Big Lake 181.150, 2 Mankato West 177.725, 3 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 176.675, T4 Perham High School 176.275, T4 Melrose 176.275, 6 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 175.875, 7 Monticello 173.725, 8 Worthington 173.125, 9 Detroit Lakes 171.650, 10 Mankato East 166.300.


1 Jada Olsen, PER 9.775

4 Jackson Hegg 9.45

9 Gabby Whitworth 9.375

44 Jordan Ehnert 8.45

49 Ava Funk 8.15

50 Ava Morrison 8.1


1 Jackson Hegg, DL 9.575

17 Gabby Whitworth 8.55

42 Jordan Ehnert 7.8

44 Skylar Nelson 7.625

50 Ava Funk 6.8


1 Jada Olsen, PER 9.675

3 Jackson Hegg 9.3

12 Gabby Whitworth 9.1

17 Jordan Ehnert 9.0

33 Skylar Nelson 8.5

40 Taryn Wendt 8.325


1 Zoey Hermel, MW 9.55

14 Jackson Hegg 9.225

37 Ari Leitheiser 8.825

43 Gabby Whitworth 8.7

47 Taryn Wendt 8.45

48 Skylar Nelson 8.35


1 Jada Olsen, PER 38.425

2 Jackson Hegg 37.55

3 Camryn Brinkman, MEL 37.375

12 Gabby Whitworth 35.725