Gymnastics prepares for Sections

Park places second at last meet

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Gymnastics prepares for Sections

Freshman Rachel Stien performs a back walk over on beam during practice Feb 13. The next Park gymnastics meet is 12pm at Minnetonka High School Feb 17.

Freshman Rachel Stien performs a back walk over on beam during practice Feb 13. The next Park gymnastics meet is 12pm at Minnetonka High School Feb 17.

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Freshman Rachel Stien performs a back walk over on beam during practice Feb 13. The next Park gymnastics meet is 12pm at Minnetonka High School Feb 17.

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Freshman Rachel Stien performs a back walk over on beam during practice Feb 13. The next Park gymnastics meet is 12pm at Minnetonka High School Feb 17.

Hannah Leff and Izzy Levtion

Junior gymnastics captain Savannah Romero said she felt relieved when she found out she won all-around at the team’s last regular meet of the season on Feb 9.

“It’s been something I’ve been working towards all season. Some meets I’ll have some good events and a few bad ones but it finally all came together for one meet,” Romero said. “It was relieving that I achieved something I have been working for all season.”

According to head coach Gretchen Novak, due to a snow day for Bloomington, the meet was a tri-meet and Park earned second place with a score of 131.3.

“It was against Bloomington and Richfield so it was a tri-meet that served as our two conference meets against both of those schools. It was a reschedule due to Bloomington’s snow day,” Novak said. “Lots of strong scores and some season highs. It was pretty consistent with where we have been the past couple meets.”

Romero said the team is now working on polishing up their routines for Sections on Feb. 17.

“On Thursday and Friday, we are perfecting our routines so that we are not shakey or messing things up on Saturday,” Romero said.

According to Novak, the decrease in gymnasts creates a different atmosphere in the gym.

“Now we have a smaller group in the gym. In some ways it will be more relaxed because there are less people in the gym. In some ways it will be a little more intense because it is Sections,” Novak said.

Freshman Josie Briant said there is added pressure at Sections this year because there is the possibility of people advancing to State.

“It is definitely stressful because there is so much pressure to do good,” Briant said. “There are possibilities this year of a couple people going to State so it is kind of stressful but we also like to have fun during the process.”

According to Romero, there is a good chance for some Park gymnasts to go on to State this year.

“There is a really good chance for us this year. A lot of really good gymnasts (from other schools) graduated or aren’t even doing gymnastics any more, so there are some open spots,” Romero said. “This is one of the first years in a very long time where we have a really good chance of going.”

Briant said she is looking forward to competing her floor routine.

“Definitely my floor routine I am depending on the most. My goal is to get a 9.0 because I am really close to it,” Briant said.

According to Novak, Sections is at 12 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Minnetonka High School.

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