Owatonna Gymnasts Take Third Place at State
Owatonna's consistency is impressive. For the fourth straight time competing at the Minnesota state gymnastics meet, the Huskies finished in third place. OHS scored 145.400 Saturday night, putting them behind Sartell (148.050) and Forest Lake (146.775). The Huskies also placed third in 2017, 2018, and 2019. They missed state in 2020. This year was their fifth overall appearance at state.
Individually, OHS sophomore Kaitlyn Cobban finished second overall on the balance beam with 9.375. Senior Lucy Macius got to the podium as well with 9.3 for sixth place.
The beam has been a strength for the Huskies this season, but they had to count a couple of falls in their score at state. Their 35.775 was the third best for the Class AA field. OHS achieved a 36.925 on the beam at sections, where it was the only event they won.
The Huskies had the third-best vault at state (37.425), fourth best floor exercise (36.775) and fifth-best bars routine (35.425). OHS was ranked fourth in the final coaches poll, according to one of the Prep 45 streaming announcers.
Hear interviews with the gymnasts, leading into the state meet.
Macius and Lindsay Bangs are the only seniors on the team and appeared at state every year of their high school careers. An injury derailed Bangs from qualifying in the individual event this year, but she finishes her career as Owatonna's all-time leader in medals earned at state. Bangs will compete at Gustavus Adolphus College.
See the official score sheet for all teams and individuals from the Minnesota State High School League.
- Lindsay Bangs, 9.475
- Lucy Macius, 8.975
- Halle Theis, 8.5
- Emma Johnson, 8.475
- Kaitlyn Cobban, 8.0
- Cobban, 9.375 (2nd overall in Class AA)
- Macius, 9.3 (6th place overall)
- Bangs, 8.925
- Theis, 8.175
- Averie Roush, 7.725
- Bangs, 9.375
- Johnson, 9.325
- Macius, 9.125
- Theis, 8.95
- Cobban, 8.825
- Macius, 9.425
- Bangs, 9.425
- Janessa Moore, 9.3
- Jozie Johnson, 9.275
- Theis, 8.85
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