Home mat advantage leads OHS Gymnastics to Section victory


Logan Norrid

The OHS Girls Gymnastics Team after winning the Section 1AA Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Pictured left to right: Alivia Sturges, Johanna Speilman, Chloe Myer, Kaelyn Smith, Averie Roush, Kendra Miller, Jayna Martin, Kaitlyn Cobban, Jozie Johnson, Emma Johnson, Delia Neumann, Dylann Norrid and McKenna Edel.

Logan Norrid

After an undefeated season in dual meets and a huge win last weekend at the Big 9 conference meet, the Owatonna Girls Varsity Gymnastics team took on the Section 1AA tournament. The Huskies had a home court advantage over the other teams leading them to an over two point victory with a final team score of 145.325. Their great performance tonight qualified the Huskies for the MSHSL State Team tournament.

Not only did the Huskies qualify as a team for state, but there were also some outstanding performances by individuals on the team that landed them a spot at the MSHSL Individual State Tournament. The individual gymnasts that qualified for the Minnesota State Tournament are: Averie Roush on beam, Delia Neumann on beam, Emma Johnson on floor, Kaitlyn Cobban on vault, and Jozie Johnson on vault.

The OHS Gymnastics team during warmups for the Section 1AA Tournament. (Logan Norrid)


The competition was a close race between first and second place in team scores between the Owatonna Huskies and the Lakeville South Cougars with the Farmington Tigers not far behind. Going into Owatonna’s last rotation, Lakeville South was ahead by 0.4 and the Huskies found a way to dig deep and put up the big score required to win the meet. Lakeville South ultimately ended in second and Farmington ended in third. 

The girls are excited for what is to come and have another week ahead of them before they compete at the State Tournament.

The MSHSL State Team tournament will be held at the Roy Wilkens Arena in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. The Individual Tournament will be held the following day, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.