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Raptors wrap up fifth place

East Ridge senior Alyssa Chandler beams as she goes through her floor routine Saturday at the girls gymnastics state meet. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
East Ridge eighth grader Hailey Tretter shows her form in the floor exercise Saturday in the state gymnastics meet. Tretter scored a 9.2 in the event. John Molene / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

MINNEAPOLIS — East Ridge finished fifth in the state in the Class AA gymnastics team event held Friday.

It was the third-straight, top-eight finish at state for the Raptors. East Ridge was seventh last season and finished third two years ago.

Stillwater won the team title with 150.25 points, followed by: Lakeville North, 149.7; Owatonna, 148.7; Champlin Park, 147.975; East Ridge, 146.150; Eden Prairie, 145.700; Cambridge-Isanti, 144.675; and St. Cloud Tech, 143.8.

The Raptors scored well on the vault (37.9), uneven bars (36.025) and floor exercise (37.5) but had a bit of a stumble on the balance beam (34.725), finishing with an overall score of 146.150. East Ridge's score on the vault was the highest of the eight teams competing.

Tretter (9.4), Kahrer (9.45), Hannah Walker (9.55) and Chandler (9.5) all had scores of 9.4 or better on the vault and Alexis Wallen wasn't far behind with an 8.95.

Kahrer scored a 9.475 on the bars and Tretter had a 9.025.

Chandler led the way for the Raptors on the balance beam, scoring a 9.1. Tretter scored a 9.025,

As usual, the Raptors shined on the floor. Kahrer had a 9.5, Tretter a 9.45, Chandler a 9.35, Lauren Rodriguez a 9.2 and Walker an 8.875.

"I think we did good," Chandler said. "There was a lot of energy on the floor and we always do our best when we have that kind of energy."

Nine of the top 11 gymnasts return for the Raptors next season.

"Floor was good for us, average I would say," said East Ridge coach Caroline Urgo. "We started out nice and strong. Vault was our best vault of the year. I think it was the highest vault of all the teams so that was really cool. Everyone was sticking their vault. It was a beautiful moment."

"Bars we had our highest bars of our team," Urgo continued. "So that was really good for us. Abbie (Joson) started us off perfect with the best routine of her life. She got a personal best score. And then our little seventh grader went (Lauren Rodriguez) and she ended up doing something she's never done and so she had to ad-lib quick and fix it but it ended up adding two-tenths to her bar routine so it worked out really well. Beam wasn't our best but it was hard to even be upset because our meet before was so high for us."

"Fifth in the state, we'll take it."

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