North Shore gymnasts qualify for state

The first gymnastics club state qualifier meet in St. Cloud in October punched tickets for 13 North Shore Gymnastics Club members to advance to the state meet in December.

Members of the North Shore Gymnastics Club who qualified for the state meet in Level 6 include from left, Sara Murley, Sophie Andrews, Abby Ylitalo, Taylor Burnham, Nicole Albertson, Sydney Donaldson, Meagan Boecker and Kendra Johnson. (Submitted photo)

Members of the North Shore Gymnastics Club who qualified for the state meet in Level 6 include from left, Sara Murley, Sophie Andrews, Abby Ylitalo, Taylor Burnham, Nicole Albertson, Sydney Donaldson, Meagan Boecker and Kendra Johnson. (Submitted photo)

An all-around score of 32.00 or higher earns a gymnast a chance to compete in the state competition. Five Level 5 North Shore gymnasts and all eight on the Level 6 squad met or exceeded that qualification.

Makena Rasmussen (8) placed sixth overall in Level 5.  Rasmussen’s 9.55 on uneven bars was the high score of the day. A 9.00 in floor exercise boosted her all-around score to 34.90.

North Shore’s second highest all-around score of 34.450 was turned in by Samantha Poeschl (11).

Hadley Juran (10), Olivia Jahnke (9) and Colette Mayhew (10) also qualified for state in the all-around. As a team, Level 5 brought home the fourth place trophy.

All of North Shore’s eight Level 6 gymnasts achieved a score that qualified them for the State Tournament.

In the 10-year-old age group, Sara Murley scored 32.325 in the all-around. Abigail Ylitalo (12) finished sixth at 34.70. Taylor Burnham (12) scored 33.975.

The three other age 12 Level 6 gymnasts going to state are Sydney Donaldson (33.750), Meagan Boecker (32.95) and Sophie Andrews (32.425).

In the 13 and over age group, Nicole Albertson was second in the all-around at 33.50. Albertson placed second in both the balance beam and in floor exercise and was third on vault.

Placing fifth in the all-around was Kendra Johnson with 32.300.  As a Level 6 team, North Shore ranked sixth.

The club was founded 38 years ago as a non-profit organization. Information: 763-479-3189 or www.northshoregym.org.

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