Local gymnasts close out season at championship meets
By Madeline McCabe, contributor
Local gymnasts on the Perpetual Motion gymnastics team competed at their championship meets recently, ending their season on a high note. Gymnasts competed at the Minnesota State Championships, and then qualified to compete at the Region 4 Championships against gymnasts from the seven-state area.
At the state meet, level 8 gymnast Lara Deshler placed third on floor with a 9.45. At the Region IV Championships, Deshler placed first on vault and floor with a 9.3 and 9.525, respectively. Fellow level 8 gymnast Carolina Gathright scored a season-best on bars of 8.5, placing twelfth at the event. She also scored an 8.60 on floor.
Emma Hagen, a level 9 gymnast, took fourth place on beam with a 9.025 at the Region 4 Championships. She also placed second on floor with a 9.325. Her all-around score qualified her as first alternate for the Level 9 Western National Championships.
At the state meet, level 9 gymnast Anna McCabe placed first on beam with a 9.6 and second on floor, vault and all-around. During the Region 4 Championships, she placed first on bars with 9.375 and second all-around. Her all-around score qualified her to join Hagen at the Level 9 Western National Championships.
Rose Deshler, a level 10 gymnast, placed third on bars at the Region 4 Championships with a 9.025. She also placed third in the all-around with a season-best 35.95. Her performance qualified her to compete at JO Nationals.
At the Region 4 Championships, Madeline McCabe, a level 10 gymnast, placed third on vault with a season-best 9.3. She also placed seventh on the balance beam, scoring a season-best 9.275 on the event.
Western National Championships will be held May 4-6 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and JO Nationals will be held May 12-13 in Cincinnati, Ohio.