Andover junior gymnast breaks through to state meet

While Cambridge-Isanti dominated the Section 7AA gymnastics meet with a 142.900 score, a few area gymnasts qualified for the state meet.

Andover junior Sarah Miller earned a place at the state meet in three events: balance beam, vault and floor exercise. Miller won the section title on beam with a score of 9.400, 0.050 ahead of runner-up Hannah Haight of Cambridge. Miller was second on the floor with a 9.350, 0.075 behind Forest Lake champion Megan Parenteau. Miller placed fourth on the vault with a 9.125 and was fifth in the all-around with a score of 34.975. Cambridge swept the top two spots in the all-around with Haight’s 36.300 the top score ahead of Morgan Urness’ 36.050 and third-place Natalie Wasche of St. Francis with a 35.825.

St. Francis gymnast Natalie Wasche hits her mark on the vault during a conference meet at North Branch Feb. 6. Photo by Kat Ladwig

St. Francis gymnast Natalie Wasche hits her mark on the vault during a conference meet at North Branch Feb. 6. Photo by Kat Ladwig

Wasche tied Cambridge’s Kaeli Kortan for second place on the vault with a 9.225 and will compete at state in the event. Wasche was fourth on the bars (8.850) and fifth on the beam (8.800).

The Saints placed third with a total of 133.675; Blaine was fifth with 128.900; Andover was sixth with 128.575; Coon Rapids was seventh with 125.275 and Anoka was eighth with 124.975.

Blaine was led by Kellie Pruitt’s team-best all-around score of 33.125. She scored an 8.800 on the floor and 8.525 on the bars. Julie Hoffman, the lone Bengal at state last year, fell on her beam routine to lower her score to 8.15.

Coon Rapids had three gymnasts score at more than 31 points in the all-around, led by Kennedy Covel’s 31.825. She scored an 8.400 on the floor and Hannah Grosse added an 8.600 on the vault.

Anoka’s Emily Reichenbacher led the team with a 32.925 including an 8.875 on the vault to place eighth. Lauren Hedlund scored 32.325 points in the all-around including an 8.650 on the floor to led the Tornadoes.

Blaine and Andover teamed up during the regular season to finish third in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings. They ended Elk River/Zimmerman’s 49 dual-meet winning streak Feb. 6 with a season-high 137.575 to the Elks 135.325. Miller won the all-around with a 36.625 score.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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