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GYMNASTICS: Jacks seniors end careers with multiple top-20 finishes at state

Three members of the Bemidji High School gymnastics team officially ended their storied careers on Saturday at the Class AA state meet in St. Paul.

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ST. PAUL – Three members of the Bemidji High School gymnastics team officially ended their storied careers on Saturday at the Class AA state meet in St. Paul.

Seniors Lauren Berg, Tatum Offerdahl and Mady Schmidt posted their final scores for the Lumberjacks -- a fact that proved to be more menacing than the competition.

“Honestly, I think the only thing that gave them the slightest bit of nerves was thinking more about the fact that this was the last meet,” head coach Briana Fleischhaker said. “(It wasn’t) about where they were, who they were competing against.”

All three entered the field as individuals.

Berg competed in the all-around and was the program’s first-ever state entrant to do so. She finished 19th in the all-around with a score of 35.15, which included an eighth-place showing on vault (9.5) and a 19th-place showing on floor (9.25). Berg also placed 43rd on beam (8.1) and 45th on bars (8.3).

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Offerdahl came in 13th on bars with a score of 9.3, while Schmidt was 23rd on floor with a 9.25.

Saturday’s finish marks the end of an unprecedented run within Bemidji gymnastics. The Berg-Offerdahl-Schmidt trio has earned 12 of the program’s 18 all-time individual state berths.

“They’re veterans,” Fleischhaker said. “They hold themselves with such poise. I’m in awe every time I watch them even though I’ve watched them for so many years. It still blows me away to see how mature they are and how far they’ve come.”

All three were at last year’s state meet, while Berg has been to state every year since 2020 and Offerdahl every year since 2018.

“They did so well,” Fleischhaker said. “They went out there and performed with the best of the best, and they had fun while doing it. I’m so incredibly proud of all of them, everything they’ve accomplished in their careers and where we’ve made it.”

Wayzata won the team championship with an all-around score of 146.2. Individually, Taylar Schaefer of St. Cloud was the all-around champion with a score of 38.2. She placed first on floor (9.525), beam (9.75) and vault (9.725), while White Bear Lake’s Grace Squires won the bars title (9.65).

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