GYMNASTICS: BHS trio reaches state as individuals; Jacks place 4th in sections
ST. CLOUD -- Lauren Berg, Lauren Lundquist and Tatum Offerdahl all clinched individual state berths as the Bemidji High School gymnastics team took fourth place at the Section 8AA meet in St. Cloud on Saturday.
This season marks the first time in program history that the Lumberjacks have sent three individuals to state, but it’s the third consecutive year with multiple qualifiers. Lundquist and Offerdahl have both made the trek the past two seasons, while Berg will be making her state debut this time around.
Offerdahl will also be pulling double duty, qualifying on vault and on bars with respective scores of 9.5 and 9.125. Offerdahl is the first gymnast in BHS history to qualify for state in two events in the same season. Berg will join her on vault thanks to her 9.575 score, and Lundquist will compete on beam after her 9.075 mark on Saturday.
The trio gives Bemidji 10 individual state appearances in the program’s 27-year history.
The top three all-arounders at the section meet, plus the three next best finishers in each event, qualify for state.
As a team, the Jacks scored a 142.175 in the all-around, trailing Sartell-St. Stephen (146.85), St. Cloud Tech (143.3) and Brainerd (142.375) on the leaderboard.
Bemidji’s 36.0 on beam topped the eight-team section, while a 36.975 score on vault was second. Their 35.875 on floor placed third and their 33.325 on bars placed fourth.
Sartell-St. Stephen posted the top scores as a team on vault, floor and bars.
The Class AA state individual and all-around championships will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.
1-Sartell-St. Stephen 146.85; 2-St. Cloud Tech 143.3; 3-Brainerd 142.375; 4-Bemidji 142.175; 5-Buffalo 136.35; 6-Sauk Rapids-Rice 134.55; 7-Alexandria 133.75; 8-Moorhead 126.475.
Bemidji All-Around Results
Tatum Offerdahl 36.575; Lauren Berg 35.7; Mady Schmidt 34.725.
Bemidji Bars Results
Tatum Offerdahl 9.125; Lauren Berg 8.225; Aubrey DeWitt 8.15; Mady Schmidt 7.9; Sophia Morin 7.425.
Bemidji Beam Results
Lauren Lundquist 9.075; Leah Lucas 9.05; Tatum Offerdahl 9.0; Lauren Berg 8.95; Mady Schmidt 8.875.
Bemidji Floor Results
Mady Schmidt 9.0; Lauren Lundquist 8.975; Lauren Berg 8.95; Tatum Offerdahl 8.95; Leah Lucas 8.45.
Bemidji Vault Results
Lauren Berg 9.575; Tatum Offerdahl 9.5; Lauren Lundquist 8.95; Mady Schmidt 8.95; Leah Lucas 8.45.