The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team had one talented young woman make it to the Big South Conference girls gymnastics All-Conference team to represent the Buccaneers.
BEA junior Melissa Hagedorn, who was said to be a strength of the team from the start of the season, proved the predictions to be true as she placed on the East Division team of the 2016-17 BSC All-Conference team.
"Melissa is a coach's dream," said head coach Merissa Lore. "She is dependable, determined, driven and hard-working. She is caring, helps others and is a natural leader. Gymnastics is a tough sport and can be so frustrating, but Melissa takes it in stride. We are so proud of all of her hard work and making the Big South All-Conference Team."
Throughout the season Hagedorn showed prowess on the vault placing at almost every meet during this gymnastics season with either an 8.45 or above.
She also shined in the All-Around rotation throughout the 2016-17 gymnastics season. Though she only took first in the AA rotations once with a 29.05 point total, Hagedorn was consistent in achieving 26.9 points or better.
In the season, especially during the month of January, Hagedorn performed and placed well in the uneven bars, beam, and floor categories as well.
She showcased high scores and placed at almost every meet BEA competed in.
Hagedorn says the talent she showcased this season did not come easy. The gymnast has been hard at the sport since she was four years old and says she's enjoyed every minute of it.
"I have had multiple injuries, those come with the sport. I was able to make it without injury this year," said Hagedorn. She says her favorite part about gymnastics is taking the risk to try new skills. "Everytime I compete I act like its my last chance. I want to entertain the crowd and show them that gymnastics is important to me."
While Hagedorn has given BEA a promising year of gymnastics, the best is yet to come as Hagedorn still has her senior year ahead of her.
"For next year, I am hoping to improve all of my routines," says Hagedorn. "To get out of my comfort zone and devote more time to the uneven parallel bars. I know what my competition is and I know I have a lot of work ahead of me to get to their level but I'm ready to put in the time."