Owatonna High School gymnastics is going back to the state meet as a team for the fifth time in the last six seasons. The Huskies placed third three straight seasons 2017 through 2019 before missing out as a team in 2020. With a 146.450 score, OHS won the Section 1AA title Saturday over Farmington (145.550) by less than a point, with Northfield close behind in third (143.325).

The Huskies won their sixth straight Big Nine title March 13 but had to wait hours for confirmation after performing as part of the first pod of the day. This past weekend they were in the late pod, which made for a very joyous bus ride home from Northfield.

State will be held at Champlin Park High School on Saturday, March 27 for Class AA. The Huskies will compete in the evening session at 6 pm with teams from Sections 2, 3 and 8. Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 have an 11:30 am start time.

Entering sections coach Evan Moe said to the team, "Don't leave any hesitations really is what I told the girls, any doubt like last year. Go out there. Throw a season-high. That should be able to get her done. And that will be nice." While Saturday's score was not a season high, it was plenty to earn the title. In 2020, Northfield flipped the finish with the Huskies compared to the conference meet to advance to state.

Several Owatonna gymnasts will also have their scores count in the individual competition: eighth-grader Halle Theis (vault, 1st at sections, 9.575), senior Lucy Macius (beam, 2nd at sections, 9.4), sophomore Kaitlyn Cobban (bars, 4th at sections, 8.750 and beam, 4th at sections, 9.250) and freshman Emma Johnson (bars, 6th at sections, 8.825). There will not be a separate schedule for individuals.

Review the tournament guide from the Minnesota State High School League. There are no general admission sales, though family should have access to a limited number of tickets. Streaming options can be found on the guide as well.

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