Andrianna (Andy) Jacobs can fly. Her email address proves as much: it includes the words “girl” and “fly.” Yes, this girl can fly. And she does it in three different sports at Rochester Century.
In November she completed her diving career with a second-place finish at the Class 2A state meet. On Saturday she finished sixth in the all-around competition at the 2A gymnastics championships, placing fourth on the uneven parallel bars and fifth in floor exercise. Before long she will begin the track season as the top female high school pole vaulter in the nation.
The gymnastics meet was Jacobs’ 13th state tournament in a high school career that disrupts the notion of young athletes being best served by participating in only one sport. That’s something she has never considered.
“Honestly, no,” said Andy (pictured). “I started with gymnastics when I was really little. I did other sports for fun and in seventh grade I added diving and track and field. I just loved them all.”
This was her fourth time competing in the state gymnastics meet at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. As an all-around competitor she performed on all four events: floor exercise, vault, balance beam and uneven parallel bars. She was the Section 1 all-around champion, finishing first on floor and bars at the section meet. She said those two events are her favorites.
“I like floor a lot because there’s more showmanship than other events,” she said, adding that the uneven parallel bars have similarities with pole vaulting.
“I always thought the pole vault was a mixture of vault and bars put together; with the vault you have to structure your run like in pole vault. And on bars, what you do in the air is like what you do in the pole vault.”
Pole vaulting will be her future. After making official recruiting visits to Nebraska, Ole Miss, Indiana, South Carolina and Georgia, she signed with the Cornhuskers.
She is a three-time 2A state champion in the pole vault and holds the state record of 13 feet, 7¼ inches. She wasn’t an immediate success in the pole vault – she was a varsity hurdler in seventh grade -- but her current status is a testament to hard work and not giving up.
“I tried (pole vaulting) in seventh grade,” Andy said. “I did one or two meets and I was really bad. In eighth grade I focused more on it and I kind of realized I could be good at the pole vault.
“Some of my friends who were gymnasts thought I should try it. You’ve got to be a little bit crazy. It’s kind of weird.”
Her days as a competitive diver are over, and now her gymnastics career has ended. As her high school days wind down, she has some people she would like to thank.
“I’d really like to thank my coaches,” she said. “I probably shouldn’t try to name them because there are a lot of them. I’ve been blessed with some amazing coaches and I wouldn’t be here without them and all the opportunities they have given me. I don’t want to take that for granted.”
You can say that again. Or even three times.
THE TOUGHEST KID IN TOWN
Big Lake senior Mallary Dick (pictured) didn’t let a little thing like a severely injured foot keep her from winning the 1A state championship on the uneven parallel bars. She was all smiles afterwards, despite wearing a protective “boot” on her left foot.
Mallary suffered the injury in last week’s Section 7 meet.
“I was vaulting and I landed and it gave out on me,” she explained. “It’s severely sprained with a chip in one of the bones.”
The injury wasn’t much of a factor while she was on the bars. But landing had to hurt, right?
“A little bit,” Mallary said. “My coach did a very good job of taping it.”
STATE GYMNASTICS RESULTS
1. Maddie Mullenbach, Austin
2. Cora Okeson, Detroit Lakes
3. Mady Brinkman, Melrose
4. Kayla Austing, Melrose
5. Beth Kurkowski, Mahtomedi
6. Haley Mottinger, Willmar
Vault: Greta Klaphake, Melrose
Bars: Mallary Dick, Big Lake
Beam: Maddie Mullenbach, Austin
Floor: Emma Disse, Detroit Lakes
1. Megan Trollen, East Ridge
2. Wren Anderson, East Ridge
3. Chaney Neu, Champlin Park
4. Maria McDonough, Faribault
5. Ashley Goodlund, Lakeville North
6. Andy Jacobs, Rochester Century.
Vault: Sophie Redding, Henry Sibley
Bars: Natalia Jacobson, Rochester Century
Beam: Megan Trollen, East Ridge
Floor: Wren Anderson, East Ridge
GIRLS STATE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
CLASS 1A/ BLAKE 8, ST. PAUL UNITED 0
Lucy Burton and Carly Bullock had hat tricks for Blake and Bullock set a career tournament scoring record with 22 goals. The previous record of 21 was set by Park Center’s Krissy Wendell in 2000. It was Blake’s third title in four years and sixth overall.
CLASS 2A/ EDEN PRAIRIE 3, MAPLE GROVE 2 (OT)
The Eagles held a 2-0 lead after two periods before Maple Grove roared back to tie the score and send the game into overtime, but Eden Prairie used a five-on-three power play to score the game-winning goal. Lauren Oberle scored the winner for the Eagles, who outshot the Crimson 44-31.
1A/ Warroad 3, Proctor/Hermantown 1
2A/ Hill-Murray 5, Edina 3
1A/ New Prague 7, Alexandria 0
2A/ Eastview 2, Lakeville South 1
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