By Victoria Dahlin—
The Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson gymnastics team scored 135.05 as a team to finish in eighth place last Friday in the Class A Team Gymnastics Meet at the Minnesota State High School Championships.
Rush City freshman Bailey Murawski scored an average of 8.875 on the balance beam to take 15th out of 47 competitors. Katelyn Meier, also a Rush City freshman, averaged 8.2375 on beam to place 30th and 8.325 on the floor exercise to come in 31st out of 44 entrants.
Hinckley-Finlayson junior Cassidy Dunkley totaled up a score of 35.65 to take 18th in the all-around, after scoring 9.3625 to place 13th out of 41 competitors on the vault, 8.85 to come in 16th out of 47 entrants on the balance beam, 9.075 to finish 25th on floor exercise and scoring 8.375 on uneven bars.
As a team:
• Floor, 33.425 total, consisting of Dunkley scoring 8.5; K. Meier, 7.825; Murawski, 8.8; and Alecia Meier, 8.3. Taniel Schellbach also competed, earning a 7.575 score.
• Balance beam, 34.3 total, with Kylee Berube scoring 8.350; K. Meier, 8.350; Dunkley, 8.750; Murawski, 8.850. A. Meier scored 7.825.
• Uneven bars, 31.975 total, with K. Meier earning 7.7; A. Meier, 8.050; Dunkley, 8.450; Berube, 7.775. Murawski achieved a 7.550 score.
• Vault, 35.350 total, including Bailey Mollberg at 8.4; Berube, 8.9; Murawski, 8.7; and Dunkley, 9.350. Kayla Forcier registered a 8.375 score.
“The competition was very tough but our girls performed well,” said Rush City Activities Director Robert Schlagel. “The girls were quite nervous but that was expected being it was the first time competing at this level for all of the girls except for Cassidy Dunkley who was there last year. The girls did a fantastic job and they had a great experience. Hopefully, this year will be a stepping stone for us next year in wanting to perform at a higher level.”