Roseville gymnasts take second at state meet

Jessica Strecker
Jessica Strecker
Emily Pariseau
Emily Pariseau
Olivia Rosenow
Olivia Rosenow
Kayla Soplata
Kayla Soplata

Since Roseville Area High School began winning state gymnastics championships back in 2006, one team has been the Raiders’ victim more than any other. So it seemed only fitting that St. Cloud Tech was the team to stop Roseville’s streak of state titles.

St. Cloud Tech, which has finished runner-up to Roseville five times, captured its first state team championship at the Class AA meet held Feb. 19 at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion. The Tigers posted a season-best score of 149.125 while Roseville recorded a 147.925.

In addition to winning its first state title, St. Cloud Tech also snapped Roseville’s run of four consecutive state championships. The Tigers were runners-up to Roseville last year and all four times in Roseville’s first string of four titles from 2006-09.

The uneven parallel bars was the critical event as St. Cloud Tech outscored Roseville by 1.125 points. The margin between the two teams in the other three events was just 0.075 points.

St. Cloud Tech finished first on the vault, bars and floor exercise and fifth on the balance beam. Roseville was second on bars, third on vault and beam and fourth on the floor exercise.

Roseville’s team score was its third-highest of the season. The Raiders’ season high was 148.6 at the Park-Cottage Grove Invitational on Jan. 23 and the second was 147.975 at the Section 4AA championships.

Junior Jessica Strecker led Roseville in all four events. Her 9.575 on the beam was the Raiders’ top individual score of the meet. She added a 9.55 on the vault and 9.475s on both the bars and floor exercise.

Four Roseville gymnasts returned to the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 20 for the Class AA individual state meet. Two made it to the medals stand.

Junior Kayla Soplata posted Roseville’s highest finish in an individual event by finishing as the runner-up on the balance beam with a score of 9.45. She also scored a 9.45 on the vault to finish 10th, went 9.35 on the floor exercise to take 21st and had a 9.2 on the bars to finish 22nd.

Strecker claimed Roseville’s other individual medal with a 9.575 on the floor exercise. That score landed her in sixth place. Strecker added a 9.3 on the beam to finish ninth, an 8.9125 on the vault to finish 30th and an 8.875 on the bars to finish 29th.

Junior Olivia Rosenow took 10th on the bars with a score of 9.45. She posted a 9.3 on the vault to take 23rd, an 8.475 on the floor exercise to finish 30th and a 7.85 on the balance beam.

Senior Emily Pariseau competed in one event, the bars, and finished 28th with a score of 8.95.

In the all-around standings, Soplata missed a medal by one place. She took seventh with a score of 37.450. Strecker finished 13th with a 36.650 and Rosenow was 29th at 35.075.

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Class AA gymnastics

state meet

Team scores

1 – St. Cloud Tech 149.125

2 – Roseville 147.925

3 – East Ridge 147.375

4 – Champlin Park 146.800

5 – Cambridge-Isanti 146.200

6 – Owatonna 146.125

7 – Eden Prairie 144.225

8 – Lakeville North 141.175


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