Royals’ Duske finishes second on floor at state meet
Watertown-Mayer gymnasts Brooke Leaf and Caitlin Duske both competed at the Class A state individual meet Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, where both placed in the top 25 in the all-around and Duske nearly won a state title on floor exercise.
“It was a really fun meet,” Watertown-Mayer coach Steve Hangartner said. “It’s nice to go to such a big meet and have the girls do well.”
Duske, in her first appearance at the state meet, finished a score of 9.525 on floor, good for second place in that event. Austin’s Sela Fadness, the state all-around winner, won the state floor title as well with a score of 9.6625.
Duske also scored a 9.4 on vault, earning ninth place in that event. Overall, she finished 25th in the all-around with a score of 35.250. She had scores of 8.45 on the balance beam and 7.875 on the uneven bars.
Leaf, making her third appearance at the state individual meet, finished in 16th place with a score of 36.125. Leaf’s highest score came on vault, with a score of 9.275. She scored 9.225 on both floor exercise and balance beam, and she had an 8.4 on the uneven bars.
Also of note, Delano gymnast Andi Jo Shrode, who swims for the Watertown-Mayer/Delano swimming and diving team, finished 18th in the all-around competition. New Prague, which won the Section 2A meet in Watertown a week prior, went on to win the state team title by more than 2 points.
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