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Next stop is at state

Fadness, Snater start competition on Friday

By Scott A. Kolb

skolb@postbulletin.com

Austin High gymnasts Sela Fadness and Sabrina Snater performed well individually in last weekend’s section meet and advanced to the Class A State Tournament which starts on Friday in Minneapolis.

The meet is scheduled for today and Friday at the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus. Team competition is scheduled today for Class A and AA.

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The Austin girls will then take part in the Class A individual competition beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday. The individual Class A championship round starts at 2 p.m. and Class AA competition then begins at 6 p.m.

Fadness advanced to state with a fourth-place finish at section on vault and also in the all-around event with a third-place section finish. Snater advanced to state with a section runner-up finish on floor and fourth on the uneven bars.

"Sabrina and Sela finished off the floor exercises at section by both going over 9," Austin coach Mark Raymond said. "Sabrina with a 9.325 (second) and Sela with a 9.125 (fifth). The high finish at section should give Sabrina some confidence at state."

It won’t be easy for Snater to qualify for a medal in the floor exercises. Class A highlights include 17 of 30 overall event medal-winners returning for the 2009 state individual competition.

Defending state champ Kelsi Vomacka of Perham leads a field of four returning competitors in floor exercise. The other returning medalists are: Carmen Lundell of Breck/West Lutheran, runner-up; Katelyn Rittenour of Becker, fourth; and Jenna Schmitz of Perham, sixth.

Lundell is the highest returning qualifier on the bars as she earned runner-up honors last year. Kristi Hoppert of Detroit Lakes (fourth) and Jenna Woelfel of Annandale (sixth) also return in search of more hardware.

Fadness was fourth in the section on vault with a 9.0 score and made it to state. Snater just missed qualifying for state in this event as she finished behind Fadness with an 8.925 score.

"We had one of our better vaulting days at the section meet," Raymond said. "I cannot say enough about how hard these girls have worked over the course of the year to take care of this event, it has been one of our top two events all year. The strong showing at section in this event has prepared Sela for the next level."

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Lundell returns to defend her title on the vault. Vomacka, third last year, and Woelfel fifth), are the two other medal-winners coming back to state. In the all-around competition, Lundell also returns to defend her title.

CLASS A STATE GYMNASTICS

SECTION ONE QUALIFIERS

Team

Pine Island (Brittany Schmidt, Siera McNallan, Liana McNallan, Chelsie Glabe, Brenna Ruegg, Michelle Keuten, Becca Alberts, Kaycee Wilson, Rosie Bostrom, Aurora Ness, Natalie Walter, Alesha McPhail).

Individual

(Listed in order of section finish)

Uneven bars — 1. Megan Lawson (Bryon/Lourdes); 2. Brittany Schmidt (Pine Island); 3. Sabrina Snater (Austin; 4. Siera McNallan (Pine Island).

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Balance beam — 1. Hope Stremcha (Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston); 2. Liana McNallan (Pine Island) 3. Nikki Tutewohl (Byron/Lourdes); 4. Karyn Christian (Stewartville).

Floor exercise — 1. Nicola Franta (La Crescent); 2. Snater (Austin); 3. Anna Hennessy (Red Wing); 4. Megan Lawson (Byron/Lourdes).

Vault — 1. Hennessy (Red Wing); 2. Lawson (Byron/Lourdes); 3. Schmidt (Pine Island); 4. Sela Fadness (Austin).

All-around — 1. Lawson (Byron/Lourdes); 2. Hennessy (Red Wing); 3. Fadness (Austin); 4. Franta (La Crescent).

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