C-I Gymnastics earns fourth at State

The Cambridge-Isanti gymnastics squad went into the state tournament with a full season of momentum, and did what they have done best all season: exceed expectations.

Sophomore Char Morke approaches the uneven bars with confidence during the individual meet on Feb. 25. MollyAnn Harvey finds her grip as she transitions to the low bar. Hannah Haight executes a cast handstand on the bars during the team portion of the state meet on Feb. 24 at the University of Minnesota. Photos by Mike Bleninger MollyAnn Harvey celebrates with coach Wendy Rooney after a stellar performance on the bars.
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Hannah Haight executes a cast handstand on the bars during the team portion of the state meet on Feb. 24 at the University of Minnesota. Photos by Mike Bleninger

The girls headed into the team competition on Feb. 24 as the sixth-seeded team. They proved that was a mistake; however, and ended their trip to Minneapolis with a fourth- place finish.

Head coach Wendy Rooney was proud of how her team handled the big stage.

“The girls had a great performance at state and we were thrilled to finish in fourth-place, especially since we were ranked sixth going in,” she said. “The girls were really excited and pleased to finish with our highest team score of the season.”

This young team has proven they will be a threat for years to come. The majority of the team will be back next season, as the girls will be saying goodbye to only three seniors, Hannah Haight, Kayla Hammes and Kayla Rakowiecki.

Rooney was pleased to see how well her three seniors preformed at state, knowing they can look back at their high school career knowing they left it all in the gym.

“I was especially proud of how well our three seniors did,” she added. “We counted every one of their scores toward the team total and they all stuck their beam routines. It was a great way for them to finish their high school careers.”

On Feb. 25, the team returned to the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota to cheer on their teammates during the individual competition.

The team sent three gymnasts, sophomores Char Morke, and MollyAnn Harvey, as well as junior Madi Douglas. As Rooney mentioned, the three girls were all coming back from a long night of team competition.

“The girls are always a bit tired on individual day,” she said. “State is the only time during gymnastics that girls have to do full meets two days in a row. They handled it really well, though.”

The girls may have been tired, but again, their goal was to exceed expectations. The meet ended seeing two of the girls finish in the top 10 for their events.

Morke finished in a tie for sixth-place on the bars, but due to tie-breaking procedures, she was not awarded a medal. After the tiebreaker, Morke officially finished in eighth-place.

Douglas continued her impressive stretch on the vault, as she finished in ninth-place.