Wayzata’s great performance on beam leads to Class 2A title – Twin Cities


Wayzata’s coaches made sure to put their gymnasts through “pressure sets” on the balance beam during the final two weeks of training.

Coaches would shout as athletes climbed onto the beam or dipped under the beam during their routines, or sometimes Trojans’ coach Carly Holden would walk alongside the gymnasts as they performed their routine, calling out their moves.

“Reject them a little bit,” Holden said.

Everything was in preparation for the big moment, which came in the final rotation of the Class 2A state meet on Friday in St. Paul.

Wayzata was in second place heading into the final rotation, needing a big score on beam – universally considered the toughest event – ​​to overtake New Prague and win the state title.

By then, the coaching staff knew exactly what Wayzata needed to win the championship. The team? Not really.

“We were like, ‘We don’t know where we sit, so we have to nail the beam,'” said senior gymnast Sasha Arne.

Nail it, they did. The Trojans posted a team score of 36.650 on beam, tying St. Cloud Tech for the highest score on apparatus among the eight teams.

“It was just awesome. Everyone pretty much had the best routines of their life,” Arne said. “I have no idea what happened, honestly. It was such a surprise. I don’t think we’ve ever reached 5 for 5, no movement. It was practically perfect, each of between us, and that had never happened before. We were just feeding each other.

Even after completing their routines, the Trojans refused to check the scores. They wanted to wait until the awards ceremony to see where they stood. It wasn’t until the second place team was announced as New Prague that they met their fate – the state champions.

“We were all like, ‘Oh my God, this is crazy,'” Arne said. “Everyone started crying. It was a wonderful feeling.

Wayzata finished with a score of 146.200. New Prague was second at 145.725, while St. Cloud Tech was third at 145.550. Stillwater finished fourth, less than two-tenths of a point behind St. Cloud Tech. All four teams had a legitimate chance to win the event before the final rotation. This level of competition, Holden said, “makes gymnastics more fun.”

“All of these teams that were here today were great teams,” she said, “and they gave everybody a hard time.”

Wayzata came into the day thinking his path to a state championship was perfection. He failed to do so in the floor exercises to open the day, casting serious doubt on any championship aspirations.

“So we were like, ‘OK, we have to change the tempo now. We just have to change the way we approach things and now let’s have fun,'” Holden said. cards after the ground.”

But as the other rotations unfolded and Holden followed the scores, she realized the Trojans were more in the mix than she thought. And then, with the championship on the line, the Trojans delivered. Arne described the title as the perfect crowning achievement of her career as a team gymnast, noting that the feeling was even better than she had imagined.

“It’s so good,” Holden said. “I’ve had very successful teams and athletes before, but this team is one of the most special. I kind of knew that at the start of the season it would be a very good year for us.


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