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Peterson earns pair of top-25 performances at WIAA gymnastics finals

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Her third and final trip to state
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Jeni Petersen closed her third and final trip to the WIAA Division 2 gymnastics state finals with a pair of top-25 event finishes on Saturday, March 7.
Petersen, a senior, qualified for three events in Saturday’s finale and was one spot away from adding a third top-25 finish, though she’d hope to challenge for a top spot as she concluded her time with the Grantsburg girls co-op team.
"Jeni was a bit disappointed,” Grantsburg coach Kathy Lund said. "It was not one of her better meets.”
Petersen’s best finish was at the uneven bars. Her score of 8.033 put her 18th in the final standings while Whitefish Bay’s Addie Gallun won the event with a 9.383 – one of just two scores over 9.0. Petersen’s score left her a half point from a top-10 finish.
In the floor exercise, Petersen placed 23rd with an 8.467. Mount Horeb’s Drea O’Connell won the event with a 9.567.
Petersen also qualified in the all-around, which granted her entrance to the final’s other two events. She had an 8.133 in the vault, which would have put her 31st in event scoring and her 7.183 at the balance beam, which would have been good for 36th. Gallun won the vault with a 9.533 and O’Connell won the balance beam with a 9.33.
Petersen’s all-around score was 31.816 and put her 26th in the final standings; Gallun also won this event, with a 37.550. This state-final appearance for Petersen still meant she is one of the few Grantsburg competitors to make multiple appearances at Wisconsin Rapids.
"She ended her gymnastics career with three trips to state (and) earned second-team all-state on the floor exercise,” Lund said. "I’m extremely proud of all her accomplishments.”


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