The Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa gymnastics is picking the right time of year to come up with its best performances.

PIZM scored a 146.000 on Saturday to easily win the Section 1A team title in Kasson. It was the Panthers’ fourth straight section crown and that 146.000 score was just one-half a point off their season-best, one that was recorded in their regular-season finale.

PIZM’s easily outdistanced second-place Winona, which totaled a 139.825. Byron, paced by a strong performance by Amber Roble, was third with a 137.925. Roble was first on the balance beam with a 9.550 and third in all-around (36.625).

PIZM, ranked second in the state, is now bound for Friday’s one-day state meet in Champlin Park. Ranked ahead of the Panthers is Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka.

A team performance like the one PIZM came up with Saturday would make it a contender to grab its first state championship. It was a Section 1AA meet that started with a bang for the Panthers, highlighted by Brynn Burkhalter coming up big on the vault.

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“Brynn really ‘hit’ the vault,” said PIZM coach Chris Templeton, referring to her 9.200 score, one that qualified her for the individual portion of the state meet. “That kind of jump started us for the entire meet. That helped get the girls fired up.”

Burkhalter was also strong in floor exercise, finishing second with a 9.575.

PIZM’s Sawyer Gorman and Jacie Newman were the team’s two top performers. Gorman won the all-around with a 37.125 and Newman was second (36.700). Gorman was first on vault (9.525).

Winona’s Chloe Hughes had another strong meet. She was first in floor exercise (9.650) and second on vault (9.500). Teammate Natalya Franz won the uneven parallel bars (9.400).

Rochester comes up just short

In the Section 1AA gymnastics meet in Northfield, Owatonna was the winner with a 146.450 score. Farmington was second (145.550), followed by Mayo (135.250), Century (128.150) and John Marshall (122.850).

Though no Rochester gymnasts qualified for state in the meet, Mayo’s Mia Tiede just missed. She was fourth in all-around (34.025). Century’s Lauren Pavelko was fifth (33.250) and John Marshall’s Ava Drewes sixth (33.225).

Mayo’s Naomi Kennel managed a fifth place on the balance beam (9.200).

SECTION 1A MEET

• At Kasson

Team scores

Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 146.000, Winona 139.825, Byron 137.925, Austin 133.300, La Crescent 125.850, Stewartville/Chatfield 125.325, Red Wing 122.100, Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston 115.550, Kasson-Mantorville/Triton 106.15.

Individual events

(Top eight finishers; *qualified for state)

Vault: *1. Sawyer Gorman (PIZM) 9.525, *2. Chloe Hughes (W) 9.500, *3. Jaci Newman (PIZM) 9.425, * 4. Natalya Franz (W) 9.250, *5. Brynn Burkhalter (PIZM) 9.200, *6. Amber Roble (B) 9.025, 7. Morgan Walker (W) 8.900, 8. Eliza Goplen (PIZM) 8.875.

Bars: *1. Natalya Franz (W) 9.400, *2. Sawyer Gorman (PIZM) 9.100, *3. (tie) Chloe Hughes (W) 8.875, *Jaci Newman (PIZM) 8.875, *4. McKenzie Cordes (PIZM) 8.650, *5. Amber Roble (B) 8.625, 6. Brynn Burkhalter (PIZM) 8.575, 7. Isabella Nisbit (PIZM) 8.325, 8. Rebecca Fox (S) 8.200.

Floor exercise: *1. Chloe Hughes (W) 9.650, *2. Brynn Burkhalter (PIZM) 9.575, *3. Amber Roble (B) 9.425, *4. Jaci Newman PIZM) 9.300, *5. Alivia Berg (PIZM) 9.200, *6. Sawyer Gorman (PIZM) 9.100, 7. Lydia Evans (B) 9.00, 8. Ashley Myhre (A) 8.900.

Balance beam: *1. Amber Roble (B) 9.550, *2. Sawyer Gorman (PIZM) 9.400, *3. McKenzie Cordes (PIZM) 9.175, *4. Jaci Newman (PIZM) 9.100, *5. Natalya Franz (W) 9.050, *6. Isabella Nisbit (PIZM) 8.925, 7. (tie) Maria Morey (A) 8.600, Hannah Fritz (A) 8.600.

All-around: *1. Sawyer Gorman (PIZM) 37.125, *2. Jacie Newman (PIZM) 36.700, *3. Amber Roble (B) 36.625, 4. Natalya Franz (W) 36.450, 5. Chloe Hughes (W) 36.200, 6. Isabella Nisbit (PIZM) 34.900, 7. Lydia Evans (B) 34.400, 8. Ashley Myhre (A) 33.950.

SECTION 1AA MEET

• At Northfield

Team scores

Owatonna 146.450, Farmington 145.550, Mayo 135.250, Century 128.150, John Marshall 122.850, Hastings 118.200, Northfield 106.575, Rosemount 105.825.

Individual results

(First place, Rochester top 10; no Rochester gymnasts qualified for state)

Vault: 1. (tie) Libby Bolton (F) 9.575, Halle Theis (O) 9.575, Adison Dack (N) 9.575.

Bars: 1. Adison Dack (N) 9.550.

Balance beam: 1. Emerson Marken (F) 9.425, 5. Naomi Kennel (M) 9.200, 5. Ella Rowley (M) 9.150, 9. Laruen Pavelko (C) 8.700, 10. Ava Drewes (JM) 8.675.

Floor exercise: 1. Libby Bolton (F) 9.650, 9. Mia Tiede (M) 9.075, 10. Lauren Pavelko (C) 9.000.

All-around: 1. Isabelle Anderson (F) 36.675, 4. Mia Tiede (M) 34.025, 5. Lauren Pavelko (C) 33.250, 6. Ava Drewes (JM) 33.225, 6. Madison Habberstad (C) 32.200, 8. Harleigh Fridlun (JM) 31.775, 10. Emma Lundquist (C) 30.400.