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2016 gymnastics state meet: At a glance

02/18/2016, 11:56pm CST
By Star Tribune

Competition gets underway at 11 a.m. Friday.

Gymnastics state meet U of M Sports Pavilion

 

CLASS 1A

Team • Friday, 11 a.m.

Defending champion Detroit Lakes, back to defend its 2015 title, may have the best team in the state, regardless of class. The Lakers are ranked No. 1 in Class 1A and have been scoring above 149 points regularly, the only team in the state to do so. Melrose, runner-up in 2015, will once again push Detroit Lakes for the title.

Individuals • Saturday, 11 a.m.

Last year’s all-around champion, Molly Lyngaas of Detroit Lakes, won’t be around to defend her title; she missed this season after undergoing surgery on a broken foot. Favorites to win that title are teammates Cora Okeson and Justine Lawrence, and Melrose’s Mady Brinkman.

 

CLASS 2A

Team • Friday, 6 p.m.

Roseville is ranked No. 1 and likely will win its fifth consecutive team championship. But the gap between the Raiders and the rest of the field has narrowed. Others that could challenge include St. Cloud Tech, Owatonna, Cambridge-Isanti, East Ridge and Champlin Park.

Individuals • Saturday, 6 p.m.

The graduation of Northfield’s Bailey DuPay ensures a new all-around champion for the first time since 2012. Title contenders include East Ridge’s Wren Anderson and Megan Trollen, Edina’s Megan Haug, Roseville’s Jessica Strecker and Kayla Soplata, Rosemount’s Josey Schlie and Champlin Park seventh-grader Chaney Neu.

Jim Paulsen

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