Girls Gymnastics State Meet Advance Release
Big Lake to defend Class A team title
Posted: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 3:00 PM
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The Girls Gymnastics State Meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 at Champlin Park High School. Here is a look at the meet:
Note --- Teams and individual qualifiers will compete in the same session
Friday, March 26
Class A sections 4, 5, 6, 7 --- 11:30 a.m.
Class A sections 8, 1, 2, 3 --- 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 27
Class AA sections 4, 5, 6, 7 --- 11:30 a.m.
Class AA sections 8, 1, 2, 3 --- 6 p.m.
Webcast: School Space Media will livestream the entire meet. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv.
- One Day - $9.99
- Two Days - $19.99
Tickets: Because of COVID-19 restrictions, tickets are not available to the general public. Each school received an allotment of tickets.
Online Program: The program will be posted here: https://www.mshsl.org/state-tournament-programs.
Results: Posted at https://www.mshsl.org/sports-and-activities/gymnastics-girls
Social media: Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.
Class A preview
Big Lake returns to defend its team title. Six additional teams that competed last year also return: Perham/New York Mills (runner-up), Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka (third), Mankato West (fourth), Worthington (fifth), Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa (sixth) and St. Paul Highland Park (eighth).
Ten of 30 event medal-winners will return for the 2021 Class A individual competition and a new champion will emerge in uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.
Jada Olsen of Perham/New York Mills returns to defend her title in both the all-around and vault. Two additional medal-winners return in the vault competition: Winona’s Chloe Hughes (runner-up) and Mankato West’s Jenna Sikel (sixth).
Two medalists from 2020 return on the balance beam: Gabby Whitworth of Detroit Lakes (fourth) and Olsen (fifth).
Olsen (third) and Melrose Area’s Courtney Althaus (fifth) are the only returning medal-winners on the uneven bars.
Olsen also returns in the floor exercise, looking to improve on last year’s third-place showing. She will be joined by Livia Isackson-Rod of Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson (sixth).
Class AA preview
Sartell is the highest returning team; the Sabres earned runner-up honors in 2020. Two other teams return from last year’s field: Wayzata (seventh) and Elk River/Zimmerman (eighth).
Fourteen of 30 event medal-winners in 2020 will return for 2021 Class AA individual competition. A new champion will emerge in every event this year.
Annika Lee of Park Center, Brooklyn Park, and Adison Dack of Northfield are the only returnees in the floor exercise. They placed third and sixth, respectively, last year.
Last year’s runner-up, Lee, is the highest returning medalist on the uneven bars. She will face tough competition from Sartell’s Marley Michaud, who placed third in 2020.
Five medal-winners return on the balance beam: Kaitlyn Nguyen of Lakeville North (runner-up), Hailey Tretter of East Ridge,Woodbury (third), Michaud (tied for fourth), Zoey Johnson of Elk River/Zimmerman (tied for fourth) and Lee (sixth).
Three medalists return from last year’s vault field: Taylar Schaefer of St. Cloud Tech (runner-up), Michaud (third) and Lee (fourth).
Lee, who claimed runner-up honors in 2020, is the highest returning qualifier in the all-around. She will be joined by Michaud (sixth).
For past tournament results and historical information, please visit bit.ly/GymnasticsArchive.