Olsen captures two medals at Class A Championships
Three Perham gymnasts capped off the 2017-18 season at the Class A Championships at the Maturi Pavilion on Feb. 24.
It was a strong showing for the Yellowjackets as well as the many gymnasts from Section 8A. It was a roller coaster day for Perham ninth grader Jada Olsen. Olsen captured a pair of silver medals, finishing second on the bars and vault and found herself in front on the all-around competition with one event remaining. The event that was in the way of all-around gold for Olsen was the balance beam.
The beam was unkind as Olsen fell twice and dropped out of the top 10 in the individual standings.
“I think I could have done a little better on floor, but I had a little tweak in my ankle so I was just trying to get through every event,” Olsen said. “I felt good going into beam, I just wish I would have only fallen once, instead of twice, then I could have made all-around.”
Olsen captured the silver medals with a 9.675 on bars and a 9.725 on vault. Olsen finished with a 9.35 on floor and an 8.00 on beam. Her two medals this year add to an already impressive trophy case for the ninth grader. Olsen captured a gold last year on the bars and a bronze in the all-around.
Perham sophomore Dena Fischer finished in 18th place overall in the uneven bars. Fischer finished the event, hitting for a 9.075.
It was the final performance for Perham senior Sydney Bahls as well. Bahls capped off an outstanding career that saw her first go to state as a seventh grader. She finished with a 9.375 on the vault. Bahls finished 25th overall on the apparatus.
Section 8A was well-represented in the individual finals. Along with Olsen’s pair of medals, gymnasts from the section captured gold in two of the four events. In all, gymnasts from Perham and Detroit Lakes combined to capture seven individual medals. Cora Okeson won gold on the floor, while Peyton Jernberg captured the gold on the beam.Jackson Hegg won a silver in the all-around, while Justine Lawrence claimed a bronze on the beam. Okeson captured a bronze on the bars.
It was a strong end for the Yellowjackets, who finished with their season best at the section championships and captured a pair of medals at the state tournament. The Yellowjackets graduate three members from their team, including Bahls, who finished her career at state. The Yellowjackets return a strong core for next year which includes the current sophomore class of Fischer, Jazzmin Branchaud, Kassidy Kovar and Mackenzie Rohloff, who played a big role in the team’s scoring during the season.
Minnesota Class A Individual Gymnastics Championship
Gold: Aliah Williams Chisago Lakes 38.275
Silver: Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 37.825
Bronze: Jennifer Boyle, Austin High School 37.600
Jada Olsen, Perham 36.750
Emma Disse Detroit Lakes 36.725
Gold: Cora Okeson, Detroit Lakes 9.675
SIlver: Katie Fahrenkamp, Waconia 9.550
Bronze: Aliah Williams, Chisago Lakes 9.550
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.525
Jada Olsen, Perham 9.350
Alexis Yliniemi, Detroit Lakes 9.225
Camryn Appert, Fergus Falls 9.200
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.125
Gold: Peyton Jernberg, Detroit Lakes 9.525
Silver: Ailsa Gilbert, Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 9.525
Bronze: Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.425
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.325
Mayson Jensen, Fergus Falls 9.300
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.025
Jada Olsen, Perham 8.000
Gold: Jennifer Boyle, Austin 9.700
SIlver: Jada Olsen, Perham 9.675
Bronze: Cora Okeson, Detroit Lakes 9.650
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.500
Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.175
Dena Fischer, Perham 9.075
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 8.950
Gold: Greta Klaphake, Melrose Area 9.750
Silver: Jada Olsen, Perham 9.725
Bronze: Aliah Williams, Chisago Lakes 9.725
Alexis Yliniemi, Detroit Lakes 9.625
Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes 9.625
Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes 9.475
Justine Lawrence, Detroit Lakes 9.400
Sydney Bahls, Perham 9.375
Robert Williams from the Detroit Lakes Tribune contributed to this story.